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
- above-ground pools
- indoor pools
- hot tubs and jacuzzis
- relocatable pools and spas (including inflatable pools)
Every 4 years, your safety barrier must also be inspected and certified.
The registration and inspection requirements for relocatable pools and spas may differ. Please Refer to the Relocatable pools and spas (including inflatable pools) section on this webpage to see the registration and inspection requirements.
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 comply with safety standards
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:
Damaged or fallen pool fences
You can report a damaged or fallen pool fence that presents an imminent danger. We aim to inspect swimming pool barriers within 1 business day of being reported.
Before you construct a new swimming pool, spa or any permanent safety barrier, 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).
For more information about building permits please refer to the How to apply for a building permit.
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.