Pools and Spa Fencing
What is a swimming pool?
A swimming pool or a spa is any excavation or structure capable of containing water of 300 mm of more in depth and used mainly for swimming, wading or paddling. This includes in-ground swimming pools, jacuzzis, indoor swimming pools, above-ground swimming pools, spasm bathing and wading pools and hot tubs.
When do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
You need a building permit for the construction of all types of pools, including above-ground pools, and spas capable of holding more than 300mm of water in depth.
The building permit must include details of the type and location of barriers, fences, gates, doors, windows, latches, catches, self-closing devices and fly screens.
You will also need a building permit if you are installing or altering any swimming pool or spa safety fences and barriers, including windows, doors and gates that provide access to a pool or spa area.
What are safety barriers?
A safety barrier stops children from accessing pool or spa areas. A safety barrier can be a fence, wall, gate or screen and includes doors, gates, windows locks, latches, hinges and self-closing devices attached to them.
It's important you make sure your safety barriers are regularly maintained and cared for so your pool and spa are safe.
When don't I need a safety barrier?
You don't need safety barriers for:
- structures that aren't used for swimming, paddling or wading, including bird baths, fish ponds, fountains, dams and water supply/storage tanks
- swimming pools or spas not capable of holding more than 300mm of water in depth
- inflatable swimming pools (typically toddler or wading pools) not capable of containing more than 300mm of depth
- spas baths inside a building
For more information read
What you need to know about swimming pool and spa safety barriers
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