Swimming Pools

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Two people sitting in a swimming poolUnder the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW), the owner of a swimming pool and/or spa has the responsibility to ensure that the pool and/or spa is at all times surrounded by a complying child-resistant pool safety barrier. Pool and spa safety barriers must be maintained in a good state of repair as an effective and safe barrier restricting access to the pool.

In 2012, a comprehensive review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was finalised. This review identified a number of amendments designed to enhance the safety of children under the age of five years around private ('background') swimming pools in NSW. As a result of these legislative changes, swimming pool owners and Council have certain responsibilities. These responsibilities are indicated below in more detail.

Swimming Pool Owners Responsibility

All swimming pool owners must register their swimming pool and/or spa on the NSW State-wide register by 29 October 2013.

Please click here to register your pool.

Self Assessment of Swimming Pool Barrier Fencing

Swimming pool owners are encouraged to undertake a self assessment of their swimming pool barrier fencing to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.

Please click here to view the relevant self-assessment checklists. 

Selling or Leasing a Property with a Swimming Pool or Spa

From 29 April 2014, a swimming pool owner must obtain a swimming pool compliance certificate before they can sell or lease their property. The swimming compliance certificate certifies that the swimming pool barrier fencing complies with the relevant standard. The swimming pool compliance certificate is valid for a period of 3 years.

A swimming pool compliance certificate can be obtained from Council by completing the application form below. Please note there is an application fee of $150 applicable at the time of lodgement of the form.

Before you can apply for a swimming pool compliance certificate you must ensure that your pool is registered on the NSW State-wide register.

Once Council has received your application, a Council Officer will contact you to arrange a suitable time to undertake an inspection of your swimming pool barrier fencing.

Council's Responsibility

As a result of the recent changes to the Swimming Pools (Amendment) Act 2012 Council is required to implement a Swimming Pool Inspection Program. Council at it's April 2013 Council meeting adopted a Swimming Pool Inspection Program which can be viewed here.

Application Forms

To apply to Council for either a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate or a Swimming Pool Exemption Certificate in accordance with the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act 1992, please select one of the forms below.

Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate Application Form

Swimming Pool Exemption Application Form

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