Safety standards for pools and spas
In 2019, the Victorian Government introduced new safety standards to stop young children from drowning in home pools. The standards ensure pool and spa safety barriers are regularly maintained and keep families safe.
Under the new standards, homeowners must register all swimming pools or spas with Council. The pools or spas must also be protected by a compliant safety barrier. This applies to all residential swimming pools and spas with a depth of more than 30cm, such as:
- bathing pools
- wading pools
- inflatable pools
- above-ground pools
- indoor pools
- hot tubs and jacuzzis
Every 4 years, your safety barrier must also be inspected and certified.
To find out more information on what is classified as a pool or spa, visit the Victorian Building Authority website.
Remember, children must always be supervised around water.
How to register your pool or spa
If you own a property in Knox with a pool or spa, you need to register it with us. There are 3 steps you must complete:
Find more information on registering your pool or spa below.
Before you construct a new swimming pool or spa, you must get a building permit from a registered building surveyor.
During construction, a temporary safety barrier must be in place.
This barrier must be maintained at all times until the permanent barrier is installed.
You also need a building permit to make changes to an existing safety barrier, unless you're only doing maintenance (such as replacing a part like for like).
Pools and spas infringements
If you fail to follow the registration and certification requirements for pools and spas, Council may issue you with a fine.
Infringement notices may be issued for:
- failing to have a pool or spa barrier in place
- failing to register your pool or spa with Council
- failing to lodge a Certificate of Pool or Spa Barrier Compliance
- failing to pay a lodgement fee for a Certificate of Compliance
- failing to pay a lodgement fee for a Certificate Non-Compliance
There are options available if you have received an infringement notice.
Victorian safety barrier legislation
The legislation for all new and existing swimming pool and spa safety barriers is determined by the date your swimming pool or spa is constructed.
Date of construction
Before 8 April 1991
Part 9A, Division 2 of the Building Regulations 2018
8 April 1991 – 31 October 1994
Australian Standard AS 1926.1 – 1986 Amendment 1
1 November 1994 – 30 April 2010
Australian Standard AS 1926.1 –1993
1 May 2010 – 30 April 2013
Australian Standard AS1926.1 – 2007
After 1 May 2013
Australian Standard AS1926.1 –2012
You can find an overview of pool fencing laws and drowning prevention on Kid Safe Victoria's website. You can use this as a guide to assess your pool safety. However, it is not a guarantee that your pool or spa safety barrier is compliant.
You can also see:
- Victorian Building Authority - About Swimming Pool, Spas and their Safety Barriers
- Victorian Government - Pool and Water Safety Tips
- Pool Barrier Safety Requirements - before 8 April 1991
- Pool Barrier Safety Requirements - 8 April 1991 to 30 April 2010
- Pool Barrier Safety Requirements - from 1 May 2010
Contact Building Services and we will get back to you.
Or call our Building Services team on 9298 8000.