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.
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The Victorian Government has amended the Building Regulations 2018 to extend the dates by which owners must lodge their certificates of pool and spa barrier compliance with council. This action was taken in recognition of the continuing challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is posing for the Victorian community.
The first certificate lodgement deadline has been extended from 1 November 2021 to 1 June 2022, with subsequent lodgement deadlines also moved back to June 2023 and June 2024 respectively. Please refer to the Government’s media release announcing the extension for your information.
The relevant date by which owners must lodge their first certificate of barrier compliance depends on the date of construction for the pool or spa that was determined by council as part of the registration process. The new certificate lodgement deadlines are as follows:
- For pools and spas built on or before 30 June 1994, the new deadline is 1 June 2022.
- For pools and spas built between 1 July 1994 to 30 April 2010, the new deadline is 1 June 2023.
- For pools and spas built between 1 May 2010 to 31 October 2020, the new deadline is 1 June 2024.
If you have already registered your swiming pool or spa, you can now submit a copy of your Certificate of Compliance to us.
1. Receive email from us which includes a date you must have your 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 June 2022.
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 $20.70.
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.
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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.
All swimming pools and spas must be registered by 1 November 2020. Failure to comply may result in fines or legal action.
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.
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.
After you’ve registered you can track your application using our application tracking page.
If you have removed your swimming pool or spa, you can submit an application to remove it from our records.