Register my swimming pool or spa

On 1 December 2019 the Victorian Government introduced new swimming pool and spa safety laws. The new laws require mandatory registration of all Victorian swimming pools and spas by 1 June 2020.

 
 

Alternatively you can register your swimming pool or spa in person at the Civic Centre. 

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Compulsory registration of swimming pools and spas in Manningham

On 1 December 2019 the Victorian Government introduced new swimming pool and spa safety laws. The new laws require mandatory registration of all Victorian swimming pools and spas by 1 June 2020. 

The state government has also introduced a new compliance program to ensure swimming pool and spa safety standards are being met.

Who is required to register?

All property owners with a relocatable or permanent swimming pool or spa must register them with us.

When do I register?

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

How do I register?

You can register your swimming pool or spa online via our application portal. Alternatively you can register in person at the Civic Centre. 

How much is registration?

A fee of $79.00 applies for all swimming pool and spa 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 01 June 2020.

What happens next?

Certification

Once you have registered your pool or spa you will receive an email advising the date your pool was built, and when you are required to lodge a certificate of compliance to verify that your swimming pool or spa is safe. This certificate will need to be uploaded by the due date provided and can be uploaded to your existing registration using our online application tracking page.

After registration property owners will need to have their swimming pool and spa barriers inspected and certified 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.

Once issued, you must provide a copy of the Certificate of Compliance to Council within 30 days of the date of issue and prior to the date specified on your advice letter.

 

Safety around swimming pools and spas

Children under the age of five are at highest risk of both fatal and non-fatal drownings in Victoria and on average four children die from drowning each year.

Swimming pools are also responsible for the largest number of non-fatal drownings in Victoria. Non-fatal drownings can result in mild to severe brain or other organ damage due to lack of oxygen.

To protect young children we encourage the active supervision of young children in and around swimming pools and spas at all times.

Other formal safety measures are also mandated by state and local government and these requirements are outlined below.

 

Safety standards and regulations

Definition of a swimming pool or spa

A swimming pool or spa is any structure or excavation containing water and primarily used for swimming, wading, paddling or the like.

This includes:

  • in-ground swimming pools
  • indoor swimming pools
  • above-ground swimming pool (including permanent and temporary swimming pools)
  • spas
  • swim spas
  • bathing and wading pools
  • jacuzzis and hot tubs

 

What are safety barriers?

Safety barriers are designed to help restrict unsupervised entry by young children to the swimming pool or spa area.

Provided they meet the requirements of the applicable safety standards, a safety barrier may consist of a:

  • fence (around the pool area)
  • boundary fence
  • wall
  • gate
  • screen
  • balustrades

And may include attachments such as:

  • doors
  • gates
  • windows
  • locks
  • latches
  • hinges
  • self-closing devices

 

When is a safety barrier required?

All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water to a depth of greater than 300mm (30cm) must have suitable child-resistant barriers.

 

Do I need a building permit?

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

A building permit is generally 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.

Please note: If your building inspector identifies that minor rectification work to your barrier is required, some exemptions to obtaining a building permit may apply. Your building inspector will be able to advise you further during the inspection.

More information is also available from the Victorian Building Authority’s website.

 

Your ongoing responsibilities as a swimming pool or spa owner

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

A building permit must be obtained prior to the construction of a swimming pool, spa and for the associated safety barriers.
 

Maintenance

Once completed and approved, maintenance of the swimming pool and safety barriers is the responsibility of the property owner. Safety barriers must be maintained in compliant working order at all times.  All swimming pools and spas must be registered with us.

Once swimming pool safety barriers have been installed in compliance with Australian Standard AS1926.1, it is imperative that property owners with swimming pools be aware of their obligations.

Swimming pool and spa owners have a legal obligation to ensure they maintain the effective operation of swimming pool and spa safety barriers. Gates and doors must remain closed except when entering the pool or spa.

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