Legislation Update: It’s Time to Register your Pool

 

It’s time to register your Pool or Spa. More than 80 percent of swimming pool and spa safety barriers in Victoria don’t meet the required standards. New legislation came into effect in Victoria as of the 1st of December 2019, that all pools need to be registered. We thought we would give you the heads up as we realise that not everyone is aware of this legislation change, and failure to comply can result in a pretty hefty fine – about $1600 according to vba.vic.gov. It’s important to note, as well, that you must register pools for any/all properties that you own – whether they are an investment or a home.

 

Each pool needs to be registered with the local council. This new legislation applies to any swimming pool and spa that is capable of holding more than 30cm of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools.

 

To register your pool, contact your local council, or visit their website to find all relevant details on the process, as it can vary from council to council.  An example of where to find this information can be found here on the Boroondara council’s website https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/planning-building/building-permit-applications/register-pool-or-spa

 

If your pool was completed before the 1st of June 2020, the deadline for registration is the 1st of June 2020, or 30 days after the date of issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. If your pool will be completed after the 1st of June, the deadlines is similarly 30 days after the issue of occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection.

 

 

After you complete the registration form, and pay all fees, you will receive a letter of Registration that will explain:

  • The date of construction of your pool or spa

  • Which building standards apply to your safety barrier

  • When you must lode your certificate of barrier compliance with us.

You will then need to organise an inspection to make sure that your safety barriers are up to scratch and comply with local safety codes.

If you have any more questions, your local council’s website is the best place to look. They often have handy FAQ’s (such as this one) and detail the process very clearly.

*Just to clarify, this is the owner’s responsibility, even if the pool is in an investment property. LongView does not take responsibility for registering any pools in our Client’s properties.