Pool Fence Inspections

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General Pool Fencing Regulations

There are some pool fencing regulations that you should be careful to follow.  Pool fences need to be at least 1200mm (1.2m) high or if the boundary fence is used, the boundary fencing section must be at least 1800mm (1.8m) high.  Make sure that there are no footholds or indentations greater than 10mm (1cm) on your fencing that children can use to climb over the fence into the pool area.  The fence itself should not be more than 100mm (10cm) above the ground and the distance between any palings or panels should not be more than 100mm (10cm).  This means that kids cannot squeeze under or between the fence to gain access to the pool.  You should also make sure that there are no trees, plants, furniture, barbecues, pool equipment or anything else that is climbable within 900mm (90cm) of the outside of your pool fence.  This is called a non-climbable zone (NCZ). This is because kids are naturally curious and can use these to climb into the pool area.

Queensland

Without a pool that complies the risks are high should a drowning or submersion injury occur in your pool. It’s bad enough dealing with the loss of a life, imagine being left with a harrowing law suit if your pool is found to be non- compliant with the standards. It’s not worth the risk of a life or law suit when you can have your pool inspected.

Landlords

Landlords will have no choice but to get a pool safety certificate from 9th July 2011.

If you own a rental property and want your current tenant or new tenant to sign a lease YOU MUST HAVE A POOL SAFETY CERTIFICATE if the lease is signed after 8 July 2011 to show that your pool complies with the new pool safety legislation before you can legally lease your property.

Pool fences need to be inspected every 2 years, the grace period ends on 30th November 2015.

(Property must be inspected earlier if they are sold or leased before this date).

New South Wales

NSW Pool Compliance specialise in Swimming Pool Fence Inspections required for the new NSW Pool Fence laws of 2014. As an owner of a spa or pool you will need to obtain a pool compliance certificate to lease or sell your property in the state of NSW. In NSW, the deadline for pool registrations was the 29th October 2013. If you have failed to register your pool, the NSW Government has warned of up to $2200 fines if you do not register your pool.

Pool fences must be inspected every 3 years, the grace period ends in April 2014.

(Property must be inspected earlier if they are sold or leased before this date).

The new laws were developed after extensive consultation with councils, water safety advocates, pool owners, State agencies and industry organisations.

Victoria

The new Building Code of Australia 2010 came into effect as of 1 May 2010, all new swimming pools in Victoria now require a four sided pool fence. That is, the pool MUST be fenced on all sides.  This is required for all pools and spas that will have a depth of 300mm (30cm) when filled with water.  You must ensure that you have a building permit before you start building your new pool and pool fence, and the pool fence must be erected within six months of starting work.  If your new pool and pool fence cost more than $5,000, including labour and materials (and most do!), you will need to have a professional do all the work for you.

Of course, you must also maintain your existing pool fence. You must make sure that it is in good condition with no holes, gaps or damaged areas in the fence, and that the gate and gate latches operate properly.  All pools, regardless of when they were built, must have a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens outwards.  You cannot access an outdoor pool directly from your home, and any indoor pool must be fitted with self-closing and self-latching doors that open away from the pool.  If you don’t comply with the regulations, the fines are hefty, with penalties of $5,000 or more.


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