Pools, spas and safety barriers


A building permit is required for the construction of all safety barriers, and all types of pools and spas capable of holding more than 300mm of water in depth. A permit is also required if you are installing new or altering any part of a swimming pool or spa safety barrier.

Specific regulations apply to barriers, fences, gates, catches, latches and self closing devices. They must meet Australian standards which are outlined on the Victorian Building Authority page.

All safety barriers must be well maintained to ensure children are restricted access to the pool and spa area.

Safety barriers are not required for bird baths, fish ponds, fountains, dams and water storage tanks however the owner has a duty of care to ensure these are safe.