What is a swimming pool?
A swimming pool is any excavation or structure capable of containing a depth of more than 300mm of water and is used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or similar. This includes wading/blow-up pools, spas/blow-up spas, above-ground and indoor pools. Excluding indoor spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use.
All swimming pools and spas must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children.
A building permit is required for the construction and alteration of all barrier/s for a swimming pool and spa. Building permit is also required for the construction of swimming pool.
New pool and spa registration and inspection requirements
On 1 December 2019, new regulations to improve swimming pool and spa safety come into effect in Victoria. New registration, inspection and certification requirements now apply for property owners.
As part of the changes, owners of the land are required to register their pool and/or spa with their local council and have the safety barrier inspected once every four years.
Certificate of Compliance Submission Dates
The construction and installation of swimming pools, spas, safety barriers and barrier maintenance are all subject to the requirements of the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations).
It is the responsibility of the property owner that all pools and spas are correctly fenced and secured according to the Regulations. Council encourages all owners to inspect and review the compliance of their pools and spas using the Victorian Building Authority’s three self-assessment checklists.
Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Pool and Spa Safety Barrier Checklist
Who can insepct my safety barriers?
Any building surveyor or building inspector who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority is able to inspect and certify your safety barriers. You can also check is a building practitioner or company is regsitered use the VBA's Find a Practitioner directory.
Will Council provide details on who will insepct my safety barriers?
The council is uable to recommend or provide details of building surveyors or building inspectors that can inspect your safety barriers. A list is available by search the VBA's Find a Practitioner directory.
For further information please visit the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website for all current updates regarding swimming pools and spa regulations.
Applying for a building permit
If a building permit is required, go to the building permits section to download the application form and for instructions on how to apply.
Are you still not sure if a building permit is required?
Contact Council if you are not sure if you require a permit or have any further questions:
Please note: If a pool/spa area is deemed unsafe enforcement action, fines and possible court action may be instigated.