10 Years Auditing Pool Barriers with Local Government
Qualified & Registered Building Inspector with VBA
Consulted with DELWP
We provide comprehensive pool inspections performed by experienced inspectors who are well-versed in all aspects of pool maintenance. Our pool inspection services include the following:
We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our company or what we do.
We offer a pool inspection service to all areas of Victoria. We have a network of experienced pool inspectors available to inspect your pool or spa on short notice. If you are unsure if we cover your area, feel free to contact us; we will be happy to help.
At Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, we have the technology to get your pool safety certification within 24 hours. Our reports are compiled within 24 hours, and you can receive your certificate in as little as one business day.
To reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents, the State Government has introduced new legislation to improve pool and spa barrier safety. Local councils now require swimming pool and spa owners to register their pools and spas. As part of the laws, owners must also conduct a periodic pool safety inspection of their safety barriers to ensure they have been properly maintained.
It is required for all permanent, portable, and relocatable swimming pool and spa to be registered with the council, regardless of when they were constructed. A compliant safety barrier must be around any swimming pool or spa containing water above 300mm (30cm).
Permanent pools and spas with a water depth greater than 300mm must be registered.
A temporary Pool or spa that holds more than 300mm of water and is built for more than three consecutive days must be registered.
A small inflatable Pool that cannot hold more than 300MM of water and does not require assembly other than inflation is exempt from registration.
In addition, structures such as bird baths, fish ponds, fountains, spas in buildings, water supply/Storage tanks, dams, rivers, creeks and lakes are exempt from registration.
A penalty of up to $1,652.20 may be imposed if you fail to submit a certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance by the due date.
Local councils will fine non-compliant pools. Certification can be time-consuming, and you must ensure you get the deadline. This is especially important if your licensed pool safety inspector has spotted any problems!
If you fail to comply with the new pool safety regulations, you could be fined up to $1817.40 (depending on your local council).
It is an offence not to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance. You May be fined up to $1,652.20 and face an on-the-spot fine of approximately $330 if you fail to lodge your certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance by the due date.
A building permit is required to install a Pool, spa, or pool safety barrier unless the work is exempt. An owner of the property must appoint a registered building surveyor (Private or municipal) to issue the building permit.
Depending on your situation, you May also need a planning permit. Contact your council to ensure you are aware of any applicable local laws.
Pool compliance certificates are only valid for 30 days after they are issued. It is imperative that the pool safety certificates are filed with the relevant local council within this timeframe.
Upon receiving the certificate, the local council must acknowledge receipt and inform the applicant that their next certificate is due in 4 years.
Yes and No. It depends on whether the property has a pool or not.
If you want to sell a property that has a pool or spa, you must include a valid certificate of compliance in your contract.
Several requirements must be met before a swimming pool, spa, or safety pool barrier can be built, including being constructed by a builder registered in an appropriate category or class or by an owner-builder with an owner-builder certificate.
All Victoria’s landowners must register any pool or spa they have on their property. There have been 27 drownings in Victoria since 2000, and 12 involved children who were not residents. It has been reported that a child entered the pool area without the owner’s knowledge.
Inspections of swimming pools and spas vary depending on their style. Each pool may have its own safety issues. Usually, a regular backyard swimming pool inspection takes 30-60minutes. It takes 2-3 working days for the report to be prepared after the initial assessment. With Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, you can get your pool safety certificate within 24 hours.
Unfortunately not all powder coat fences are not build with the same high quality standards. You can perform a simple test by squeezing two vertical members together to see how rigid your fence panels are. If you can open gaps either side by more than 100mm, they may not meet minimum manufacturing standards.
Building Code of Australia 2010 requires all new swimming pools in Victoria to have a four-sided fence as of 1 May 2010. In other words, the pool must be fenced on all sides. There must be a minimum height of 1200mm (1.2m) for pool fences or 1800mm (1.8m) for boundary fences.
Check your fence for footholds or indentations larger than 10mm (1cm) that children could use to climb over. There should be no more than 100mm (10cm) between any palings or panels on a fence, and the distance between them should also be no more than 100mm (10cm).
A safety barrier must be installed around every swimming pool and spa containing water deeper than 300 mm (30 cm) to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under five). Safety barriers are required for:
Barriers and fences aren’t required for:
Yes, you can use the fence boundary as part of the barrier. Generally, a boundary fence can serve as a pool or spa barrier if it meets all compliance standards. You must use at least 1800 mm or 1.8m high boundary fences if you plan to use them as spa or pool fence barriers. Ensure that your fencing does not have footholds or indentations of more than 10mm (1cm) that children can use to climb over the fence.
Yes, under AS 1926.1-2012, you can use an above-ground pool as part of my barrier. There must be an assessment by a Building Surveyor before a building permit is issued.
No it doesn’t. You need an independent barrier and have it inspected.
If your pool does not conform to the pool safety barrier, we will provide you with a report outlining what needs to be done. A 60-day window will be given to you to complete the work and have the pool inspected again. Should the safety barrier still be non-compliant, we will have to notify your local council.
Unfortunately, only some powder coat fences are built with the same high-quality standards. You can perform a simple test by squeezing two vertical members together to see how rigid your fence panels are. If you can open gaps on either side by more than 100mm, they may not meet minimum manufacturing standards.
In the world of pool inspections, one of the most confusing things is what ‘compliance inspections’ actually mean. This is often misunderstood as a certificate of compliance.
If your pool is found to be non-compliant on the initial inspection, the inspector can provide a report on your defects which should be repaired within 60 days of the subsequent inspection. As soon as any issues have been resolved, the pool inspector can issue you a pool and spa barrier compliance certificate (Form 23) stating that your pool complies with Victorian Government standards.
If no problems are found during the initial inspection of your pool or spa, then a pool compliance certificate will be issued to you. Thus we recommend those pool owners conduct a self-assessment, followed by an official inspection by a registered inspector.
The Victorian Building Authority provides more information on safety barrier standards and new regulations.
Pool Safe Inspections Victoria is a registered building inspector with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). Since 2007, Pool Safe Inspections Victoria has been performing audits on pool barriers following the Victorian Building Regulations.
Over this time, we have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience in auditing pool barriers for compliance with the VBA Regulations. We use this knowledge to ensure that your pool barrier will be fully compliant after our inspection.
With over ten years of experience in auditing pool barriers, we have built brand recognition in the industry that enables us to put your trust in us when it comes to ensuring your pool barrier complies with Victorian building regulations. Contact us today for more information on what we can do for you and your pool barrier.