Pools and Spas Building Permits

Pool and Spas

Please note: Council is not currently distributing permits. Please contact us for more information.

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. If you are having any work on an existing safety barrier, a permit may need to be issued to alter the barrier. Work to alter an existing barrier will need to comply with the current regulations.

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.

Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322
E. info@frankston.vic.gov.au  

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