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Pools and Spas

Pool and spa owners must be registered

The Victorian Government law introduced December 2019 require:

  • Mandatory registration of swimming pools and spas
  • A new compliance regime to improve swimming pool and spa safety

The new regulations aim to reduce incidences of young children drowning in private swimming pools and spas by improving safety barrier requirement compliance.

For more information visit the Victorian Building Authority Swimming pools, spas and safety barriers

Registration process

  1. Register your pool or spa (including permanent and relocatable pools and spas) by November 2020 – a one-off $79 Victoria government fee is required:
  2. We will write you to explain which safety barrier standards apply to you. There are different standards for your pool or spa depending on when it was built.
  3. If new safety barriers are required or existing barriers need to be amended obtain a building permit before completing required works.
  4. Ask a registered building surveyor or inspector to inspect and certify your safety barriers through a compliance certificate.
  5. Lodge compliance certificate from registered building surveyor with Council in person at any of our service centres where you can pay the lodgement fee or via email to Latrobe@latrobe.vic.gov.au and an invoice for lodgement will be emailed to you. The fee for lodging a compliance certificate is $20.50
  6. Renew your certificate every four years to ensure your barrier continues to meet legal requirements.
  7. Council must ensure all affected property owners comply with the new requirements with penalties for non-compliance.

Fees

Registration fee - one-off $79 (set by the Victorian Government) for pools erected prior to 1 November 2020, or

Registration fee - one-off $31.80 (set by the Victorian Government) for pools erected after 1 November 2020 and with a certificate of pool barrier compliance and certificate of final inspection attach,

Private building surveyor fee to have your pool or spa inspected (approximately $300 to $500)

Lodgement of your certificate of pool barrier compliance - $20.50

Background information about safety barriers

Always watch young children around water.

Well-maintained safety barriers are required around all permanent or relocatable swimming pools and spas in Victoria capable of holding more than 300mm of water, including:

  • In-ground swimming pools
  • Above-ground swimming pools
  • Spas
  • Hot tubs and Jacuzzis
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Inflatable and relocatable pools

A swimming pool is defined as any excavation or structure containing water and used principally for swimming, wading or paddling, including a bathing or wading pool, or spa.

Note: A lockable lid on a spa is not a compliant safety barrier.

Safety barriers are not required for:

  • dams on a rural property, water tanks, streams, rivers and ornamental ponds or fountains not defined as swimming pools or spas.
  • temporary swimming pools (wading pools, toddler pools, inflatable pools and spas) not capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm but should be emptied after each use.

What is a barrier?

A barrier can be a fence, wall, screen or gate. Gates and doors must self-close and latch, window openings restricted or fitted with secure screens. You can use the self-assessment sheet.

The Municipal Building Surveyor penalties may apply to people who fail to provide adequate, or maintain existing, safety barriers.

A building permit is required to install a safety barrier

A building permit is required to install or alter a swimming pool and spa safety barrier. 

For more information see Building Permits.

Is my safety barrier compliant?

The requirement to have safety barriers has not changed.

Ask a private building surveyor or inspector to do an inspection of the existing permanent safety barrier and provide a compliance certificate. Permanent safety barrier regulations for existing swimming pools and spas can vary depending on the year the pool or spa was built.

Safety barrier maintenance

Swimming pool and spa owners are legally required to maintain their safety barriers at all times. Non-compliance can increase the risk of drowning and lead to prosecution.

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