Swimming Pools and Spas
Swimming pool areas form a focal point of many families back gardens and provide families with hours of fun and enjoyment. As with many things though, there are responsibilities placed upon owners of pools and spas.
Building Permit Applications
Maintaining the compliance of a pool area’s security barrier is the responsibility of the home owner or occupier and it must be maintained throughout the life of the pool. The State Government requires local governments to inspect pool security barriers once every four years. Local governments may fine pool owners where pool barriers are found to be non-compliant.
Owners of pools and spas who have not sought approval prior to the installation of the pool or spa may apply to have their pool formally recognised by the local government by lodging a Building Approval Certificate Application. These applications are required to be accompanied by a Certificate of Building Compliance (BA18) issued by an independent building surveying contractor. The compliance of these pool and spa security barriers will be required to be assessed against the current legislation AS1926.1 – 2012 regardless of when they were installed.
The annual swimming pool inspection fee is $55.00. Inspections of swimming pools occur once every four years. If you no longer have a swimming pool and have not notified the Shire, please do so as this will assist us in keeping our records up to date and prevent Council charging properties that no longer require an inspection.