Make sure your pool and spa are safe this summer
If you have a pool or spa, it is important that it's safe for children. That's why all pools and spas in Victoria must meet the pool fence regulations.
Here are most important ones to know
If you have a swimming pool or spa with a water depth of more than 30 cm you must have a fence or safety barrier. This includes:
in-ground and above-ground pools and spas
indoor pools and spas
paddling and wading pools
inflatable pools or spas.
Your fence or spa can only be built by a registered builder or owner-builder
If you are an owner-builder, you must have a certificate of consent from the Building Practitioners Board.
Your fence or safety barrier must be approved before it's built
You need a building permit to build a pool, spa or fence.
When you apply for this building permit, your application must include the designs of your fence, and these designs must meet the Australian Standard.
You can apply for a building permit through your local council's municipal building surveyor or go a private building surveyor.
Safety checklist for your pool or spa
1. Supervise children at all times around your pool or spa
2. Check your fence is the right the height
Your pool or spa fence must be at least 1.2 metres high.
2. Watch out for gaps in your fence
Any gaps in your fence must not be more than 10 cm wide. And there must not be more than 10 cm between the bottom of the fence or barrier and the ground.
3. Make sure the area around your fence is clear
Your fence must not be built near trees, barbeques or things like pot plants or chairs that children can use to climb into the pool area.
4. Make sure your pool or spa gate is always closed
You must never have the gate propped open. It must close and latch automatically. And it must also swing outwards.
5. Make sure your fence is properly maintained
If you bought a house with a pool you need to make sure it has a fence, and that it's properly maintained.
If you're renting, it is the landlord's responsibility to make sure the pool or spa meets the regulations. If it doesn't, contact them straight away so a proper fence or safety barrier can be installed.
To find out about all the pool fence regulations, go to the Victorian Building Authority website or call the Victorian Building Authority on 1300 815 127.
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This information relates to laws in Victoria, Australia.