Swimming pool and spa register

Register to ensure safer pools and spas

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The Victorian Government has introduced legislation requiring property owners, including landlords, to register pools and spas with Council.

The new regulations, which take effect from 1 December 2019, will aim to improve safety by ensuring that pool and spa barriers meet required standards.

The regulations propose:

  • Mandatory requirement to register pools and spas with local councils
  • Mandatory safety barrier inspection and certification
  • A process for dealing with barriers which do not meet safety requirements, and
  • Fees for initial registration, and for lodgement of certificates of compliance and non-compliance.

 

All owners will be required to register their pools and spas by 1 June 2020, or within 30 days of completion if the installation is under construction at this date.

Electronic registration is now open. 

As part of the new registration process, pool and spa barriers will need to be assessed by registered private building surveyors or inspectors.

The inspectors will issue certificates of compliance or non-compliance, which owners will need to then lodge with Council.

Certificates of non-compliance will need to be acted upon.

The State Government has provided guidelines for the fees for registration, and fees for lodgement of certificates. Council adopted these fees based on these guidelines at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 10 December 2019.

  • Registration fee $31.85
  • Document archive request fee $47.25 (this fee will not apply if a building permit or certificate of final inspection is supplied at time of registration)
  • Compliance certificate lodgement fee $20.45
  • Non-compliance certificate lodgement fee $385.10
  • Other infringement penalties may apply for late registration, late lodgement of certificates, or other infringements

 

The proposed legislation sets staggered deadlines for lodging of compliance certificates:

  • For pools and spas built on or before 30 June 1994, lodgement by 1 June 2021
  • Built between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, lodgement by 1 June 2022
  • Built on or after 1 May 2010, lodgement by 1 June 2023

Inspection compliance certificates will then be required to be lodged with Council every four years.

Owners wishing to do their own initial safety assessment can be guided by the following Victorian Building Authority checklists:

 

Owners having work completed on an existing safety barrier, other than basic maintenance like replacing a hinge, are likely to require a building permit to alter the barrier.

Any work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with the current regulations.

View our Frequently Asked Questions for further information. 

This web page will be updated as more information becomes available and as the legislation is introduced.

 

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