Private Pools

Swimming Pool Certificates of Compliance

A Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance is required under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 if you sell or lease your property from 29 April 2016, unless your Occupation Certificate is less than 3 years old and includes your swimming pool.

Before you apply for a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance you need to:

1.  Register your pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register 
2. Complete an Application for Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance  form and submit with the appropriate payment to Council.

The first inspection for a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance costs $150 and is payable upon lodgement of the application form. If a follow-up re-inspection is required, the cost is $100 payable before the re-inspection can take place.

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Unsure if your pool is ‘Pool Safe’ and meets current standards?

Unfortunately, most swimming pool barriers (fence & gate) don't meet current safety standards and end up failing the first inspection.

To support you in passing your first inspection, we have identified the 5 most common areas where pools fail to comply. This list is a guide only and does not cover all aspects of a compliance inspection.

The Pool Fence

  • The height of the pool fence is at least 1200mm measured on the outside of the fence
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The ground under the fence and gate is permanent and not sand, soil, woodchip or gravel
  • The pool fence has horizontal rails no closer than 900mm apart
  • The pool fence has vertical rails no greater than 100mm apart
  • The pool fence is well maintained and fixed securely

Pool Boundary Fence

  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool barrier, it must be at least 1800mm high, measured on the inside of the fence
  • The pool fence has horizontal rails no closer than 900mm apart
  • The pool fence has vertical rails no greater than 100mm apart
  • The pool fence is well maintained and fixed securely

Climbable Objects

  • There are no climbable objects on either side of the fence that could help a small child climb over the fence
  • Climbable objects are BBQ’s, chairs, trees, shrubs, large stones or bush rocks, pot plants or anything that gives a child a foothold to climb over your pool fence

The Gate

  • Pool gate opens outwards only, away from the pool area
  • Pool gate self-closes and self-latches from all open positions
  • Pool gate is clear of any obstruction that could hold the gate open
  • The bottom of the gate latch is to be a minimum of 1500mm from the ground

Resuscitation (CPR) Sign

  • An appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques displayed inside the pool enclosure and easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Royal Life Saving has information on current CPR signs www.royallifesaving.com.au 

These are general requirements, as each pool installation is different. Please contact Council if you need more information or advice relating to your pool barrier.

Council encourages you to access and complete the applicable self-assessment checklist from the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Further Information

St John Ambulance Australia - Australia's leading provider of first aid training and supplier of first aid kits
Keep Watch - Home Pool Safety - Royal Life Saving Society information including checklist and fact sheets

Contact

Envrionmental Health Officers
02 6655 7300
council@bellingen.nsw.gov.au