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Victorian law (Regulations) requires property owners to register pools and spas with Council. This is to ensure that pool and spa barriers meet required safety standards.
If you have a pool or spa you must
The Regulations also set:
The Victorian Government, in the Building Regulations 2018, set maximum fees applicable for pool registration and for lodging certificates. In Hepburn Shire the fees are:
Description of fee
Fee (incl. GST)
Pool or Spa Registration Fee
Information Search Fee
Lodgement of Certificate of Barrier Compliance
Lodgement of Certificate of Barrier Non-compliance
Apply to register your swimming pool or spa
Swimming pools and spas that can hold more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools.
There are staggered deadlines for lodging compliance certificates depending on when your pool was built. The deadline for providing the first Certificate of Barrier Compliance will be sent to you after Council has received your pool or spa registration application.
Inspections will need to be undertaken and the issued Certificate of Barrier Compliance will then be required to be lodged with Council every four years.
The date required to provide future Certificate of Barrier Compliance will be advised by Council.
Any work completed on an existing safety barrier, other than basic maintenance such as replacing a hinge, requires a Building Permit to alter the barrier. Any work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with current Regulations.
Visit the Building Permit page.
For more information about pool/spa registration and pool/spa barrier compliance, including frequently asked questions, please check the Victorian Building Authority’s Pools and Spas Safety page or call Council’s Building Services Department on (03) 5348 2306 or email email@example.com.