Swimming Pool and Spa Regulations

The Victorian Building Authority has released new regulations for pool and spa owners, aimed at improving the safety of young children in and around the water.

The Victorian Building Authority has released new regulations for pool and spa owners, aimed at improving the safety of young children in and around the water.

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. They introduce new registration, inspection and certification requirements for property owners.

Owners must now register their pool or spa with Council by November 1, 2020, and obtain and lodge a certificate demonstrating the safety compliance of their pool and spa barrier every four years.

These regulations have been rolled out state-wide by the VBA, the State Government’s regulator for Victorian building and plumbing agencies.

  • The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water. 
  • This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools.
  • Relocatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly are not subject to the barrier requirements. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.

More information on the regulations is available from the Victorian Building Authority.

To register your pool or spa:

  • Complete the online form
  • Submit the form with evidence of the building permit or Certificate of Final Inspection
  • Once received by Council, staff will process and advise you of the applicable fee within 14 days.
  • If you have any queries, please contact the Council's Building Department on 5755 0555

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