New pool safety compliance legislation
From November 30, 2015, all pool fences and barriers must comply with current pool safety laws. Pools are any permanent or temporary structure used for aquatic activity which:
- Can be filled to a depth of 300mm;
- Has a volume of 2000L or more; and/or
- Has a filtration system.
If your pool meets one or more of the above criteria, it is a swimming pool and you will need to:
- obtain a building approval before erecting or installing the pool;
- obtain a certificate from a licensed building certifier stating that the pool and the pool barrier comply with the pool safety standard before filling the pool with more than 300 millimetres of water; and
- ensure the pool is included on the pool safety register.
Pool Safety Certification
Under the new legislation, all pools must be registered with the Pool Safety Council and have a current Pool Safety Certificate.
Owners of properties with swimming pools are responsible for compliance with the pool safety standards. If you are the tenant of a property that has a pool fence, you are required to keep the pool gate/s closed and not place objects adjacent to the fence which might compromise its effectiveness in acting as a safety barrier.
If you are unsure if your pool is registered or if it has a current pool safety certificate, you can check the Pool Safety Register on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's website.
Free pool safety inspections
Cook Shire Council can provide a Pool Safety Inspector if your pool does not have a current Pool Safety Certificate. Council is offering free of charge initial inspections and advice on compliance for existing pools up to June 30, 2017. Charges will apply as normal for new applications.
Information about making a booking and the inspection charges (if applicable) can be obtained from Council's Department of Development, Environment and Community.
Government pool guidelines
The Queensland Government has produced Guidelines for Pool Owners and Property Owners which include more information on the new legislation and your requirements as a pool or property owner.