The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019 commenced as of 1st December 2019. It’s purpose is to ensure compliance with existing safety barrier laws and also to reduce drowning in swimming pools and spas situated within private properties.
The law introduced new requirements for property owners including the mandatory registration of swimming pools and spas.
As of 1st December 2019 it is compulsory for all home owners who’s property contains a swimming pool or spa to register such with their local council.
Existing owners with existing swimming pools and spas have until 14 April 2020 to complete the registration.
New swimming pools and spas must be registered within 30 days of receipt of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection.
Registration fees which are payable by the owners under the new laws can be provided by your local council.
Those who fail to register within the required time period will incur a penalty of 2 penalty units ($330).
Under the new regulations, every three years owners must also arrange for an inspection and certification of their pool or spa safety barriers through a qualified inspector.
Owners who fail to provide a certificate of compliance by the due date specified by their local council will incur a fine of 2 penalty units ($330).
Owners and prospective purchasers of properties with a pool and/or spa should consider the responsibility and costs involved in the maintenance and registration of pools and spas and the certification of swimming pool and spa safety barriers.