Pools, spas and safety barriers

Register your swimming pool or spa

New laws introduced by the Victorian Government require property owners to register their swimming pool and spa with Council.
The State Government recently extended the date for pool registrations.

You must now register your pool or spa by 1 November 2020.

All pools and spas must be registered and then re-registered every four years.

Register now

Scam warning
Yarra Ranges Council is aware of a third party falsely claiming to represent our organisation over the phone and offering to conduct swimming pool and spa inspections on our behalf.

If you receive a call like this, do not provide any information – it is a scam.Last year we wrote to residents to outline new State Government registration, inspection and compliance requirements for swimming pools and spas.

Unless we are requested to call a resident back, all follow up communication will be done in writing.


building permit is required for the construction of all safety barriers and all types of pools and spas that can hold more than 300mm of water in depth.

A permit is also required if you are installing new or altering any part of a swimming pool or spa safety barrier.

Specific regulations apply to barriers, fences, gates, catches, latches and self closing devices. They must meet Australian standards which are outlined on the Victorian Building Authority page.

All safety barriers must be well maintained to ensure children are restricted access to the pool and spa area.

When are barriers not required?

A safety barriers is not required for:

  • bird baths
  • fish ponds
  • fountains
  • dams
  • water storage tanks

Owner's however have a duty of care to ensure these are safe.

Register your swimming pool or spa

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. All pools and spas must be registered and then re-registered every four years.

Find out more and read the FAQ's 

Register your pool now