In December 2019 new laws came into effect in regard to pools and pool inspections in Bayside.
It is mandatory for swimming pool owners to do the following –
- register their pool or spa with the council before 1 November 2020 – go to the councils website to do this
- have a pool inspection every four years
- lodge a pool and spa barrier compliance certificate with the council every 4 yrs
- pay the prescribed fees to the council upon registration and lodgement of the certificate.
Once you register the pool or spa the council will advise you of the following –
- the date your pool or spa was constructed
- which Australian Standards apply to your pool that you need to comply with (there are 4 different sets for different eras)
- the date on which you must lodge the certificate. Once you have all this completed you need a licensed pool inspector to assess your barrier.
The council will advise when you have to have your certificate of compliance for your pool or spa barrier submitted –
- Pools constructed with or without a permit of 30 June 1994 or earlier – by 1 November 2021
- Pools constructed from 1 July 1994 and 30 April 2010 – by 1 November 2022
- Pools constructed from 1 May 2010 until 31 May 2020 – by 1 November 2023
- Pools constructed after 1 November 2020 – at the time of registration.
Barriers ARE required for the following –
- in-ground pools and spas
- above-ground pools and spas
- relocatable and inflatable pools that require assembly on site and can carry 30 cm of water.
Barriers are NOT required for the following –
- inflatable pools – typically a toddler or wading pools that can not contain a water depth greater than 30 cm
- small inflatable pools that do not consist of multiple components
- small inflatable pools that don’t consist of multiple components, for example, a small blow-up pool with no other components
- bird baths, fish ponds and reflection pools
- water supply, storage tanks, and dams.
- baths used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use
- spas inside a building (eg bathroom)
- pools and spas that can not contain a water depth of 30 cm.
I hope this information has cleared it up for you and if you need any assistance please call us.
Take a look at the Bayside Council Pool Regulations & Compliance here
Peter has a Diploma of Building Surveying which makes him one of the few in Melbourne who are Qualified to carry out building inspections as per the Building Act 1993. He is also qualified in Timber Pest Inspections (Cert 3), Pool Barrier Inspection (Certificate 11077454) and Non-Friable Asbestos Awareness and removal.