Swimming pool and spa register

Register to ensure safer domestic pools and spas

The Victorian Government is preparing to introduce legislation requiring property owners including landlords to register pools and spas with Council.

The new regulations, set to 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 14 April 2020, or within 30 days of completion if the installation is under construction at this date.

Council will be required to develop a register of all domestic pools and spas within the municipality.

Once the legislation has been enacted, owners will be able to use a registration form provided on this page.

As part of the new registration process, pool and spa barriers will need to be assessed by a 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 will provide guidance for the fees for registration of pools and spas, and for lodgement of certificates.

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

  • For pools and spas built on or before 30 June 1994, lodgement by 30 October 2020

  • Built between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, lodgement by 30 April 2021

  • Built on or after 1 May 2010, lodgement by 29 October 2021.

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

Any inquiries on the new registration and compliance process can be made via the Pool / Spa Registration Enquiry form

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