On 1 December 2019, new state government laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. It is now a legal requirement for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council.
Registration of pools or spas was due by 1 November 2020, Latrobe City Council will now proceed to audit each property, as legally required by the state government, using aerial photography, infrared imaging, building permit registers and information provided by the Victorian Building Authority.
For those who have failed to register, an infringement of 2 penalty units ($330.00) may be issued.
However, it is not too late to register your swimming pool or spa.
All you need to do is complete the online registration form including payment of $79.00 registration fee.
Further details can be located on Latrobe City Council’s website: www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/poolsandspas.
Once the registration form is received and the fee paid, a letter will be sent to confirm your registration. This letter will state the due date for your compliance certificate to be lodged with Council and the required barrier standard.
The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and most relocatable pools.