Swimming Pools

New Rules for Pools

Legislation affecting backyard swimming pools and spas has been introduced in NSW to enhance children’s safety around private (backyard) swimming pools and spas.Photo of two children at a public swimming pool

Owners must register their pools and there is a $220 penalty for owners who fail to do so.

Swimming pool and spa pool owners are required to register their pools on an online Register provided by the NSW State Government at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au. Alternatively, registration may be completed over the counter at Council’s Administration Building for a small administration fee of $10.

Owners are required to self-assess and state that their pool complies with the applicable standards when registering.

In keeping with this, and in accordance with Section 22B of the Swimming Pools Act 1992, Council has developed and adopted a policy and program for the inspection of pools and spas.

This Swimming Pool Inspection Policy, the Swimming Pool Inspection Program and Swimming Pool Inspection Fact sheet outline Council's responsibilities for the inspection of swimming pools and spas in the Hawkesbury City Council Area to ensure compliance with the requirements of Part 2 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

Compliance Certificate

All properties with a swimming pool or spa pool being sold or leased on or after 29 April 2016 now need a valid certificate of compliance, certificate of non-compliance or a relevant occupation certificate.

A ‘certificate of non-compliance’ will enable the seller to transfer the responsibility to obtain a certificate of compliance to the buyer. This transfer will take effect through the attachment of a certificate of non-compliance to the contract for sale.

Buyers will have 90 days from the date of settlement to rectify defects listed in the certificate of non-compliance and obtain a certificate of compliance.

Visit https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/news/116-05-changes-properties-sold-or-leased-swimming-pools for more information.

Owners may apply for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate from Council or an accredited certifier so they are in a position to confidently register their pool. However, there is a fee payable for this service. A Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate is valid for three years.

Related Links and Contacts

If you have a swimming pool or spa pool (in-ground, above-ground, in-door or portable) or are thinking to get one you need to know:

  1. Safety rules e.g. fencing, resuscitation charts
  2. How to register your pool
  3. Approval is required for any pool or spa that exceeds 300mm in depth or 2000 Litres in capacity – See Development section

Portable and Inflatable Pool Safety

Generally, pools greater than 2000 Litres capacity require an approval to install. Where an approval is required or the pool is deeper than 300mm a safety isolation barrier surrounding the pool is required.

Council's accredited certifiers can assist you by providing advice and guidance in respect to the swimming pool requirements.

If you need more information please:

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