Pools and Spas
2 July, 2019
Please note: Due to a change in legislative requirements from the Victorian Building Authority, we are currently reviewing our policies and procedures including our application forms. Whilst this review is underway, we will not be accepting any building permit applications until further notice. Please check back again in the coming weeks for updates. For more information please contact the VBA in regards to the BAMS project.
Any excavation or structure containing water that is used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool or spa, is defined as a swimming pool. Safety barriers must be provided to all swimming pools and spas exceeding 300mm in depth for which a Building Permit is required to be obtained.
All water such as ponds, water features and creeks pose a risk to a young child drowning and a parent must take the appropriate care to ensure that this does not occur. Constant adult supervision (at arms reach) is always required, as reinforced by Child Safe, Life Saving and other bodies.
Every swimming pool that fits within the above requirements requires a swimming pool barrier in accordance with the Building Regulations 2018 or Australian Standard (AS1926.1), depending on the age of the swimming pool.
It should be noted that Frankston City Council has an ongoing Swimming Pool Safety Barrier program that targets and randomly inspects swimming pool/spa barriers within its Municipal boundaries to ensure the ongoing safety of swimming pool and spa owners within the Frankston municipality.
A Building Permit is required for all new pools/spas, pool/spa fencing and modifications to existing pool/spa fencing and related safety barriers.
The Victorian Building Authority also provides extensive information on its website.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
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