New laws introduced by the Victorian Government require property owners to register their swimming pool and spa with Council.
You must register your pool or spa by 1 June 2020.
Why do I have to register my pool or spa?
Drownings are the most common cause of preventable death for children under the age of five. Past regulation has not been successful in preventing drownings.
The Victorian Government's new legislation ensures that registered pools and spas will receive regular inspections by a qualified building practitioner. This is intended to improve the safety of pools and spas, particularly for children.
Which pools and spas must be registered?
Property owners must register any pool or spa that can hold water to a depth greater than 30cm.
- in-ground and above ground pools and spas
- inflatable pools
- indoor pools and spas
- children's paddling and wading pools
- spas, jacuzzis, hot tubs and swim spas
- portable spas
This does not include:
- structures such as bird baths, fish ponds, water fountains
- spas inside a building used for personal hygiene
- inflatable swimming pools that can not hold water to a depth greater than 30cm
- water supply or storage tanks
- dams, rivers, creeks and lakes
If a property contains both a swimming pool and a spa, they will both need to be registered separately unless they are installed in the same enclosure or form part of each other.
How much does it cost to register?
The costs to register your pool or spa is set by the Victorian Government.
The registration and research fee is $79.10
After your pool or spa has been registered, you must lodge a certificate of compliance or non-compliance by the due date provided to you by Council.
The certificate of compliance or non-compliance is provided to you by the registered Building Surveyor or Inspector. Costs to engage a Building Surveyor or Inspector will vary.
The cost of lodging a certificate will depend on whether your pool or spa complies with the applicable safety standards. Find out more by clicking the boxes below.
Cost for pools and spas that comply with required safety standards
- Lodgement fee for certificate of swimming pool or spa barrier compliance - $20.50
Cost for pools or spas that do not comply with required safety standards
If your pool or spa barrier does not meet the required safety standards, a building surveyor or building inspector may:
- Give you a notice with the details of non-compliance and provide you no more than 60 days to bring the barriers into compliance before re-inspection
- Immediately lodge a certificate of non-compliance if the safety issue can not be resolved or the issue poses an immediate and significant risk to life or safety
If a certificate of non-compliance is lodged to Council, your costs will include:
- Lodgement fee for certificate of swimming pool or spa barrier non-compliance - $385.10
Council may then issue you with a barrier improvement notice with a date the certificate of pool or spa barrier compliance is required to be lodged and may then issue an Infringement Notice with a fine of $1652.20 if the certificate is not lodged by the due date.
Alternatively Council may issue you with a Building Order or Emergency Order requiring the barriers to be brought into compliance. If you fail to comply, Council may prosecute you for failure to comply with the order, which may result in the Magistrate imposing fines of several thousand dollars.
Want to learn more about pool and spa registrations? View our FAQ page.