Pool and spa inspections and compliance
As a pool or spa owner, you must maintain the operation of your swimming pool or spa barrier to restrict access to the pool or spa. You can use this link and have access to checklists that helps you assess the safety of your barrier.
On 1 December 2019, it is also mandatory for owners of the land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council. Pool and spa owners are required to obtain and lodge compliance certificates for their safety barriers.
Once your swimming pool or spa has been registered with your council, you need to arrange an inspection by a registered practitioner to determine if the barrier is compliant with the applicable barrier standard.
A registered practitioner from the Victorian Building Surveyors can inspect your pool barrier and determine if the safety barrier complies with the applicable barrier standard, and issue a certificate of barrier compliance that needs to lodge with your council.
If we determine that your safety barrier is not compliant, our inspector can either:
immediately issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance; or
issue you a written notice specifying:
o the matters which must be addressed to bring the pool barrier into compliance;
o the period in which the barrier must be made compliant (within a maximum of 60 days); and
o the date and time our inspector intend to reinspect the barrier.
After re-inspection, if we determine that the pool barrier is compliant, we will issue a certificate of barrier compliance, which you must then lodge with the council.
If the barrier remains non-compliant, but we are satisfied that progress has been made towards bringing the barrier into compliance, we may allow you an additional 7 days to rectify the barrier. Otherwise, we will issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance.
If we issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance, we will lodge it with the relevant council and provide you with a copy. The council will notify you and you will have to pay a fee by the due date specified in the notice.
Note, a building permit by a registered building surveyor is required before installing a new pool and spa barrier and council must have a record of approval for your pool barrier so the age of the pool can be determined.
If there is no approved pool barrier, our building surveying practitioner can issue a building permit for your swimming pool and spa to enable you to install a safe pool barrier and register your pool with your local government.
For more information about the swimming pools and spas requirements please refer to https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools.