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Pool Safe fence boundary tip

January 9, 2024
Pool Inspections

On our inspections a common find are changes to neighbouring fence boundary’s. Set at 1.800mm the top and middle rails often provide a claimable foothold from the neighboring  property.

The question posed, ”but if the rails are not on the neighbours side and not mine then this is ok right”?

Well what in fact you have done by installing a new boundary fence is trigger the need for a new building permit. So providing a 60 deg chamber will bring it up to today’s requirement, but what about the rest of the barrier?

Unfortunately in Victoria our State government or Building Authority have not streamlined any system or made any changes for well over 30 years. States like QLD, NSW, WA have had the courage to introduce a mandatory scheme that forces own owners of outside pools ad spas to have regular inspections. Councils don’t have the auditing  man power, Real estate agents are confused on what to do and home owners just don’t understand the requirements of the Australian Standard.

I have performed well over 2000 inspections,  not one  pool barrier has passed inspection. We need change in Victoria so that drownings decrease.

While we can appreciate the complexities and difficulties that come with pool and fence compliance in Victoria, there are certain common questions that many homeowners struggle with. Understanding the process of getting a permit for a pool, how to handle boundary issues, or how to build your own pool fence – all these are crucial aspects of the process. Here, we aim to answer some of the most frequently asked questions to provide you with a deeper understanding of these regulations, and hopefully ease the process.

Q: Do you need a permit to put a pool in Victoria?

A: Yes, you do need a permit to put a pool in Victoria. It is a requirement set by the state government to ensure the safety of individuals using the pool and those living nearby.

Q: How close to your boundary can you build a pool?

A: The distance between a pool and boundary is subject to local regulations. It’s best to consult with your local council or a certified pool builder for this specific information.

Q: How close can a pool be to a boundary Victoria?

A: In Victoria, the regulation stipulates that a pool must be at least 1 metre from the boundary, but this could vary depending on your local council’s regulations and the type of pool.

Q: Can you use a boundary fence as a pool fence Victoria?

A: Yes, a boundary fence can be used as a pool fence in Victoria, provided it meets the requirements set by the Australian Standard for pool fencing which includes minimum height and non-climbable zone considerations.

Q: Can I build my own pool fence Victoria?

A: Yes, you can, but it must comply with the Australian Standard for pool fencing. Also, remember that any new fences or alterations to existing fences may require a building permit.

Q: How do I build a boundary fence pool compliant Victoria?

A: To build a boundary fence that is pool compliant in Victoria, it must be at least 1.2m high, non-climbable, and have no gaps more than 100mm wide. The fence gate should swing away from the pool and be self-closing and self-latching.

Q: Can colorbond be used as a pool fence?

A: Yes, Colorbond can be used as a pool fence material as long as it complies with the safety regulations. It is durable, easy to maintain, and provides privacy.

Q: Do you need a permit for a fence in Victoria?

A: Yes, in most cases, you need a permit for a fence in Victoria, especially if it is more than 1.2 meters high, or if it will be used as a pool barrier.

Q: What is the fine for a pool fence in Victoria?

A: Non-compliance with pool fencing laws in Victoria could lead to a fine of up to $5000, but the exact fine varies depending on the specific violation and local council regulations.

We hope these answers help clarify some of the complex regulations surrounding pool ownership in Victoria. As always, consult with local authorities or a certified professional for specific advice tailored to your situation.

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