Pool and spa registration

Mandatory Registration

New legislation was introduced on 1 December 2019 whereby owners of a pool or spa are required to register it with their local Council by 1 June 2020, and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.

Due to the impact on the community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Victorian Government has extended the dates by which swimming pools and spas must be registered with Council and the dates that certification of safety barriers must be provided to Council.

Private pool and spa owners now have until 1 November 2020 to register their pools with their local Council – an extension of five months from the original 1 June deadline

The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm).  This includes relocatable and temporary swimming pools and spas.

For more information on the legislation visit the Victorian Building Authority website. 

Apply to Register your Swimming Pool or Spa

Registration costs $79.00 which includes a registration fee of $31.84 and a mandatory records search fee of $47.20.

The records search fee only applies to pools or spas constructed before 1 November 2020. Therefore if your pool or spa was constructed after 1 November 2020, the registration cost will be $31.84. 

If you have or wish to advise us of no pool or spa on your property, you not need to register you pool or spa, however, you will need to advise Council.

How to apply

(Please note only the owner of the property can apply to register a swimming pool/spa. If you are a tenant and unsure if your pool or spa is registered with Council please contact your property manager directly).

To apply to register your swimming pool or spa you will need:

  • The property address - where the swimming pool or spa is located
  • Your contact details
  • An estimation of the date the swimming pool or spa was constructed/erected. (If the age of your pool/spa cannot be verified, the current safety standard will be applied.)
  • Your credit card details (to pay the registration fee)

 

Register Permanent Pool or Spa

Register Temporary/Relocatable Pool/Spa

Relocatable pool/spa is classified as a structure that is predominantly used for the purpose of swimming or wading and is capable of being relocated and holds more that 300mm depth of water.

Note: relocatable pools/spas should require no assembly other than inflation and not have multiple components to its overall assembly.  A component could be structural assemble, electrical fittings or plumbing.

If you are not able to apply online

What happens if I don’t register?

If you do not register your pool or spa within the required period you may face an on-the-spot fine of approximately $330.00 or a penalty of up to $1,652.20.

If Council becomes aware of the pool or spa on your property, we will send you a written notice requiring you to register the pool or spa. You will also be required to pay the registration fee and information search fee (if applicable).

What will happen next?

Once your application to register your swimming pool or spa has been received and processed, the Building Services Team will assess the information provided in your application and inform you in writing (via post or email) that the swimming pool or spa has been registered, including details of the following:

  • The new regulations and applicable barrier standard(s);
  • The owner’s appeal rights under reg 144(2); and
  • The dates by which you must engage a certified swimming pool and spa inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of your safety barrier and lodge certificate of compliance with council (refer to table below).

Swimming Pool and Spa Construction Date

First Certificate of Swimming Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance Due Date (Form 23)

30 June 1994 or earlier

1 November 2021

From 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010

1 November 2022

From 1 May 2010 until 31 May 2020

1 November 2023

Constructed without a building permit before 1 November 2020

From 1 June 2021

On or after 1 November 2020

At the time of applying for registration

The date the relocatable swimming pool was last erected as specified in the application form (Form 22)

No later than 30 days after the date the pool was registered

Unknown

1 November 2021

 

The Victorian Building Authority’s pool and spa safety barrier self-assessment checklist:

To help you prepare for the mandatory registration of pools and spas, please review the checklists provided by the Victorian Building Authority.

Barrier Inspections 

Once your swimming pool or spa has been registered, you need to arrange an inspection of the safety barrier to determine if the barrier is compliant with the applicable barrier standard.

An inspection of your pool or spa barrier can only be carried out by:

  • a registered building surveyor
  • a registered building inspector

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Council will not perform the certification inspection. 

Decommissioning or removal of swimming pools and spas

If you no longer wish to use your pool or spa, and would like it removed from Council’s Swimming Pool and Spa Register, you will need to formally decommission it. Do you still need to register it (given it may take a while to decommission / remove the pool)?

What constitutes decommissioning?

To decommission your pool or spa, you need to remove aspects that make the structure a swimming pool or spa, such as:

  • complete removal of the pool or spa
  • remove its ability to contain more than 300mm of water and;
  • remove its access, such as access ladders and;
  • remove any filtration system.

Pools located less than the depth away from boundaries may require a building permit prior to removal.

Advise of No Pool or Spa on Property

What happens if I receive a non-compliance certificate?

If the building inspector or building surveyor determines that your safety barrier is not compliant, they can:

  • immediately issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance or
  • issue you a written notice specifying:
    • the matters which must be addressed to make the pool barrier compliant
    • the period in which the barrier must be made compliant (within a maximum of 60 days) and
    • the date and time they intend to reinspect the barrier

After re-inspection, if the building inspector or building surveyor determines that your barrier is compliant, they will issue a certificate of barrier compliance, which you must then lodge with Council.

If the barrier remains non-compliant but the building inspector or building surveyor is satisfied that progress has been made towards bringing the barrier into compliance, they may allow you an extra seven days to rectify the barrier. Otherwise they will issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance.

If a building inspector or building surveyor issues a certificate of barrier non-compliance, they must lodge it with the relevant council and provide the owner with a copy.

Council will send the owner a fine of $385.00 which must be paid by the due date specified in the notice.

Council enforcement role

When Council receives a certificate of barrier non-compliance, the Municipal Building Surveyor will issue:

  • a barrier improvement notice or
  • a notice or order under the Building Act 1993 (if the Municipal Building Surveyor considers that this is appropriate, depending on the nature of the non-compliance)

More information on inspections and compliance

Learn more about inspection and certificates

Removing a swimming pool or spa from the register

If you demonstrate to the satisfaction of Council that

  • a swimming pool or spa no longer exists or
  • is no longer capable of containing water to a depth of greater than 300mm:

Council must remove the swimming pool from its register. After Council removes the swimming pool or spa, Council will provide you a notice stating:

  • the information about the swimming pool or spa has been removed from the register and
  • you no longer need to lodge further certificates of pool and spa barrier compliance

Frequently asked questions

View frequently asked questions 

Further resources 

Consumer swimming pools (VBA)

Building information 

Kidsalive 

Royal Lifesaving 

For more information, visit the Victorian Building Authority website. 

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