On 1 December 2019 the Victorian Government introduced new swimming pool and spa safety laws. The new laws require mandatory registration of all private swimming pools and spas in our municipality. This must be done by property owners before the deadline of 1 November 2020.

Which pools and spas need to be registered?

Any relocatable or permanent swimming pool or spa that can hold water to a depth greater than 30cm is required to have a registration. View what is the definition of a swimming pool or spa.

When do I need to register by?

All swimming pools and spas must be registered by 1 November 2020. Failure to comply may result in fines or legal action.

How to register my swimming pool or spa?

You can register using our online application portal. 

  1. First create an account to access the registration form.
    Keep a record of your account details for when you need to supply your Certificate of Compliance in future. 


     
  2. Once logged in select Submit an Application and then choose New Registration under the heading Building - Pools and Spas.

How much is registration?

A fee of $79.00 applies for all spa and swimming pool registrations and is paid at the time of registration. This fee includes the mandatory Council Information Search fee that applies for all swimming pools and spas constructed prior to 1 June 2020.

Track your application

After you’ve registered you can track your application using our application tracking page.

Next steps to get your pool or spa certified

1. Receive email from us which includes a date you must have pool or spa certified by
Once you've registered your pool, you'll receive an email (advice letter) including:

  • The date your swimming pool or spa was built and the applicable barrier standard.
  • The date you're required to supply us with your certificate of compliance to verify that it is safe. You will have at least one year to submit this (depending on the age of your pool), with older pools due first, next year by 1 November 2021.

2. Get your pool or spa inspected before your allocated date to obtain your Certificate of Compliance
To obtain your certificate of compliance, you will need to have the swimming pool and spa barriers inspected by a Registered Building Surveyor or Registered Building Inspector. The requirements for compliance will vary depending on the age of the pool or spa. 

Further information and self-assessment checklists are available from the Victorian Building Authority’s website.

3. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Compliance to us
When you have received your certificate of Compliance, you must submit a copy to us within 30 days of the date of issue and prior to the date specified on your advice letter. The fee to submit your certificate is $20.40.

This certificate can be uploaded to your existing registration using our application tracking page.

4. Pay fee and receive confirmation of your submitted Certificate of Compliance
When you supply us with your certificate, an invoice will be emailed to you for payment. Once the fee is paid, you will receive confirmation that we have received it and we will advise of the new date you will be required to submit a Certificate of Compliance. Under the new regulations, an updated certificate will be required to be submitted every four years.

For more information, visit the Victorian Building Authority’s website.

I’ve removed my swimming pool or spa, what do I do?

If you have removed your swimming pool or spa, you can submit an application to remove it from our records.