Update on swimming pool rules

If you are the owner of a swimming pool, whether in your own home or a rental property, you would probably be aware that a new set of rules governing pool safety came into effect in 2019.

In fact, I wrote a POST ABOUT THESE RULES back in November last year. What you may not have realised is that due to the situation with social distancing and the lockdown, the deadlines for pool owners to register their pools with the local Council have changed, giving you a bit more time to avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

All owners of swimming pools and spas are now required to be registered with the local council by November 1st, 2020, (not June 1st as previously announced).

Following the registration process, all pools and spas will need to be inspected by a Registered Building Surveyor or Registered Pool Inspector, and have a Certificate of Compliance issued under the following timelines:

  • For pools and spas constructed prior to June 30th, 1994; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2021.
  • For pools and spas constructed between July 1st, 1994 and May 1st, 2010; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2022.
  • For pools and spas constructed after May 1st, 2010; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2023.

The Pool Inspectors we have spoken to have indicated that virtually every pool that was constructed prior to 1994 that they have inspected has not met the safety requirements on the first visit, and has required works in order to be approved.

With this in mind, we would strongly recommend that you seek out a Pool Inspector who will undertake a pre-compliance consultation to advise you on what may be required prior to asking for a formal inspection, as once a formal inspection has been undertaken, there are strict time limits enforced on how quickly the pool issues must be rectified.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding a pool or spa in your rental property don’t hesitate to give the Barry Plant Brimbank Rentals team a call on 9307 4000.

Best wishes,

Sam La Spina

Rental Director