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Swimming pool and spa registration and fencing

All swimming pools and spas must have a safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by children under the age of 5.

  • Property owners must ensure these barriers are maintained to reduce the risk of unsupervised children gaining access.
  • Residents must also ensure these barriers are always closed, except when entering the pool or spa.

This applies to all swimming pools and spas containing water deeper than 30cm, including:

  • in-ground pools and spas
  • above-ground pools and spas
  • indoor pools and spas
  • relocatable (including inflatable) pools, spas and hot tubs.

Pool and spa mandatory registration

The State Government has introduced mandatory registration of all pools and spa in Victoria. Any pool or spa should have been registered by 1 November 2020, but Maroondah City Council is still accepting registrations.

New pools should be registered within 30 days of receiving an Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection.

See more detail about the new regulations and which pools and spas it applies to

Pool and spa registration process

Pool registration flow diagram

Property owners, including landlords, are required to register their pool or spa with Council. The cost of registration is set by the Victorian Government and is $79, including a search fee.

You can register your swimming pool or spa with Council using the its online portal. You'll start by entering the pool address:

Register your pool or spa now

Please don’t have your pool inspected yet. Council will send you a letter telling you the barrier standard that applies to you pool or spa, as well as the date by which you need to provide your certificate of compliance.

If you have a pool and a spa

  • If you have a separate pool and spa they must be registered separately, unless they are contained within the same swimming pool barrier.

If you don’t register your pool or spa

  • It is an offence not to register within the required timeframe and is subject to a fine of $330.

Council will maintain the register of swimming pools and spas within the municipality and uses owner registrations; existing Council records; and aerial photography to ensure the database is up-to-date.

Once your swimming pool or spa has been registered with Council, it will remain registered until it is removed or decommissioned, and the owner applies to take it off the register.

We will send you a letter that tells you:

  • when the swimming pool was built
  • the relevant safety barrier standard
  • the date the safety barriers must be certified by.

Don’t do anything further until you receive this letter. Due to the current number of pool and spa registrations and the investigation each involves, it might take some time for you to receive this letter.

You cannot proceed to having an inspection without your letter from Council.

You need to have your safety barriers inspected by a registered building practitioner.

The swimming pool and spa barriers must be inspected and certified by a registered building surveyor or a registered building inspector. This certification will state that your barriers comply with the applicable barrier standard referenced in your letter from Council.

Timeframes

The date your barriers must be certified will depend on when the pool was built:

  • Pools constructed on or before 30 June 1994 must be certified by 1 November 2021.
  • Pools constructed on or after 1 July 1994 but before 1 May 2010 must be certified by 1 November 2022.
  • Pools constructed on or after 1 May 2010 but before 1 June 2020 must be certified by 1 November 2023.

Who can inspect my safety barriers? 

Any building surveyor or building inspector who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority is able to inspect and certify your safety barriers. You can also check if a building practitioner or company is registered using the VBA’s Find a practitioner directory.

Find out more about the inspection process, who can inspect them, and the costs involved

What happens if I don’t have my barriers inspected?

It is an offence to fail to provide a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance by the prescribed time or to fail to comply with an order or direction from Council. This may result in fines or prosecution.

If the inspector is satisfied that the safety barrier is compliant with the applicable barrier standard:

  1. They will issue a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance and provide a copy to the owner.
  2. The owner, or their agent, must provide a copy of the certificate to Council within 20 days of the certificate issue date.
    Submit your Certificate of Compliance
  3. Council will record details of the certificate on the register.

The cost of lodging the certificate with Council is set by the Victorian Government and is $20.40.

You only have to register your pool once.

Inspections and the submission of certificates of compliance must be completed every 4 years. We’ll send you a reminder.

Don’t have a pool or spa?

  • No pool at your property? If you have received letters from Council about having a pool, we’ll need to update our records. 

Let us know there is no pool or spa using this simple online form:

Tell us you don't have a pool

Building a new pool?

Remember, new pools should be registered within 30 days of receiving an Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection.

Further information

Contact us

Contact Council's Building Services on 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598.

16/04/2021
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