Private Swimming Pool Requirements
Thinking of Installing a Pool?
All pools within Murrumbidgee Council must first be granted approval before installation begins. This includes pools on farms also. This approval process ensures that all pools are registered and most importantly meet Australian Standards so that they are compliant and above all SAFE.
Various requirements regarding fencing, signange and pool safety can be viewed below. Please contact Council for further information on applying to install a pool.
A requirement of the Swimming Pool Act includes Council’s throughout NSW developing a swimming pool inspection program. Council adopted their Swimming Pool Inspection Program Policy (3.03) on 22 October 2013 (the policy can be viewed here).
This program is to ensure swimming pools comply with current legislation and standards.
Councils policy is to inspect residential swimming pools on a 3 yearly basis and tourist/visitor accommodation swimming pools on a yearly basis.
Pool Owners/Occupiers Responsibility
It is a legal requirement to fence all bodies of water over 300mm in depth that are primarily used for human aquatic activity (this includes paddling pools and wading pools etc). Ensuring your pool fence is compliant can prevent a tradgedy.
Pool owners should ensure that their fencing meets the required measurements below. This is to stop a young child being able to squeeze under or between gaps in a fence, or being able to climb over it.
In NSW, a pool fence must:
- be at least 1.2m high (as measured from the finished ground level)
- not leave a gap at the bottom bigger than 10cm from the finished ground level
- not have gaps of more than 10cm between any vertical bars in the fence
- if containing horizontal climbable bars, have these spaced at least 90cm apart.
A notice containing a supervision warning and resuscitation techniques must be displayed at all times in the immediate vicinity of the swimming pool. Up to date CPR charts can be purchased from Council.
Are you selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool or spa?
From 29 April 2016, all properties sold or leased with a spa or pool must have a relevant compliance certificate.This means that from 29 April 2016:
2. The buyer of a property with a non-compliant spa or pool has 90 days from the date of settlement to address any barrier noncompliance issues and obtain a certificate of compliance.
3. Properties with more than two dwellings are exempt from the requirement to provide a compliant spa or pool barrier on sale or lease as they are already regulated through mandatory three-yearly council inspections.
4. The owner of a property with one or two dwellings and a spa or pool must have a certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration before entering into a lease. These documents are to be provided to the tenant on entering into the new lease.
A relevant occupation certificate means an occupation certificate issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that is less than three years old and that authorises the use of the swimming pool.
Please contact Council to arrange for an inspection or for further information.
SWIMMING POOL SAFETY
Four Key Actions to Prevent Child Drowning
Supervise - Active supervision means focusing all of your attention on your children all of the time, when they are in, on or around the water. Supervision is not an occasional glance while you are busy with other activities, but being in constant visual contact with your child
Restrict Access - Restricting a child’s access to water can be done by placing a barrier between the child and the water. Either by placing a barrier around the water (appropriate pool fencing) or a barrier around the child (Child Safe Play Area).
Water Awareness - Water awareness combines a range of strategies and activities designed to keep your child safe when in, on, or around water. These include water familiarisation, checking for and removing water hazards, setting rules around water and discussing water safety with your child.
Resusitate - A family member is the first on the scene in most emergency situations. In fact many children are alive today because their parents knew how to perform CPR and responded quickly. For this reason alone, Royal Life Saving encourages everyone to learn CPR.
Visit www.royallifesaving.com.au for more information