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Swimming Pools

The constructions 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 both the property owner and property occupier to ensure that all pools and spas are correctly fenced and secured according to the Building Regulations.  It is necessary to check that the barriers around that area are sufficient to restrict access by children under the age of 5 years.

All swimming pools and spas containing water greater than 300 mm (30 cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under the age of five). Barriers are required for:

  • In-ground pools and spas
  • Above-ground pools and spas, including inflatable pools, holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water
  • Indoor pools and spas
  • Bathing and wading pools containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water


Swimming pool and spa registration

All Victorian residents will soon be required to register all existing and new swimming pools and spas.

As from Sunday 1 December 2019 all residents will be required to register their swimming pool and spa with Council. Laws will be introduced to improve safety and will include new inspections, maintenance and compliance requirements for property owners.

Please note: This new Law will apply to new and existing swimming pools and/or spas.

Visit the Victorian Building Authority website for all current updates regarding swimming pools and spa regulations.


Up-to-date information, obligations and safety barrier self-assessment checklist

Visit the Victorian Building Authority website for all updates regarding swimming pools.

Is a permit required?

A swimming pool is any excavation or structure capable of containing a depth of more that 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.

For all swimming pools and spas the barrier/safety fence requires a permit regardless of the cost of works.

Children's paddling pools (less than 300mm in height) or domestic spas where the water is emptied after each use are not considered pools.

Pools and spas built prior to 8 April 1991 must comply with the pool safety requirements listed in the Building Regulations. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that these safety requirements are implemented.


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.

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.

If a pool area is deemed unsafe fines and possible court action may be instigated.

Further information

KidSafe Victoria water safety audit