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New pool and Spa Registration and Inspection Requirements Effective 1 December 2019

March 18, 2020 by admin

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. It will now be mandatory if you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, to register your pool and spa with your local council by 1 June 2020.

A one-off set fee is payable to your local council. You should check your local council website for the fee that applies.

Failure to meet your obligations under the new legislation may result in fines of up to $1,652.20.

The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 30cm of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools (pools with depth less that 30cm are exempt). Any temporary installed swimming pool or spa with a water depth of more than 30cm and used for more than three consecutive days will also need to be registered with your local council.

Once the pool or spa is registered, a building inspector must determine whether the safety barrier complies with safety requirements. If the pool or spa barrier is not compliant, owners must fix it or install a new barrier (see Victorian Building Authority website for more information).

When a building inspector is satisfied the pool or spa barrier is compliant, they will issue a Certificate of Barrier Compliance, which owners must lodge with Council.

Pool and spa owners are required to obtain and lodge Certificates of Barrier Compliance every four years.

You can learn more about the new laws by visiting Victorian Building Authority or by contacting White & Mason Lawyers your property law specialists.

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