Swimming pool and spa owners are required by law to meet government standards and regulations. All swimming pools and spas capable of containing a depth of water exceeding 300mm (30cm) must have suitable child-resistant safety barriers.

A building permit is required for the construction of all pools (including those above ground) and spas that are capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm. The permit must include details of the type and location of the barriers, fences, gates, doors, windows, latches, catches, self-closing devices etc.

A building permit is also required for installing and altering all swimming pool and spa safety fences and barriers including windows, doors and gates that provide access to a pool or spa area.

The State Government has a zero tolerance approach to offending property owners and a commitment to ensuring adequate water safety for young children. Significant penalties apply if a matter is brought before the court.

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