The Victorian Government has introduced legislation requiring property owners to register pools and spas with Council. The new regulations, which took effect from 1 December 2019, will aim to improve safety by ensuring that pool and spa barriers meet required standards.
The regulations propose:
- Mandatory requirement to register pools and spas with local councils
- Mandatory safety barrier inspection and certification
- A process for dealing with barriers which do not meet safety requirements, and
- Fees for initial registration, and for lodgement of certificates of compliance and non-compliance.
The State Government has provided guidelines for the fees for registration, and fees for lodgement of certificates.
Fees for initial registration, and for lodgement of certificates of compliance and non-compliance. (These fees will be charged in coming months after Council has adopted them)
I am a Pool/Spa Owner. How do I meet the new regulations?
All owners will be required to register their pools and spas with Council by 1 June 2020, or within 30 days of completion if the installation is under construction at this date.
As part of the new registration process, pool and spa barriers will then need to be assessed by adequately registered building surveyors or inspectors.
The relevant inspectors will issue certificates of compliance or non-compliance, which owners will need to then lodge with Council.
Certificates of non-compliance will need to be acted upon.
What are the deadlines?
The legislation sets staggered deadlines for lodging of compliance certificates depending on when your pool was built. The relevant deadline for providing the first Certificate of Barrier Compliance will be sent to you after the registration application has been received by Council.
Inspection compliance certificates will then be required to be lodged with Council every four years.
How do I prove compliance?
Owners having work completed on an existing safety barrier, other than basic maintenance like replacing a hinge, are likely to require a building permit to alter the barrier.
Any work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with the current regulations.
For further information about the new laws, including frequently asked question, please refer to:
- the Victorian Building Authorities Pools and Spas Safety Page https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools/registration-requirements
- or contact Council’s building department on (03) 5348 2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org