Update on Pool Registration and requirements

Posted on 12 September 2013

In a bid to reduce the numbers of children that drown in backyard swimming pools each year, in NSW, new regulations have now come into force that require ALL swimming pools to be registered. (see Summer is coming and new pool registration laws will apply.)

As spring begins, and your swimming pool will once again be a focus, it is imperative that pool owners understand the new system. Home Owners (including landlords) and any property owners are required to register any swimming pools on their properties and arrange to certify that the swimming pool complies with the legal safety requirements. To do this, owners must organise for a council inspector or accredited private certifier to inspect their pool and issue the appropriate certificate. Home owners had until 29 April 2013 to get this done, including completing any work required to ensure your swimming pool complies with the safety standards.

Check the lists below, as supplied by the NSW Government, to ensure you understand what is required and that you have done what is required to obtain registration of your pool.

For swimming pools built or installed before 1/9/08 – Australian Standard AS1926-1986 the requirements are as follows:

  • Pool fence must be at least 1200mm high – measured from the outside of the pool
  • If boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1200mm high
  • Gap between bottom of fence and the ground must not be more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near vertical rails on the fence and gate must be less than 100mm apart
  • There should be no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be no more than 13mm
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state or repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool area
  • The release for the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level or
  • The release for the gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence and be surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it must be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a latch access point that is 1200mm above ground level. The gate latch itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point.

For swimming pools built or installed between 1/9/.08 and 30/4/13 Australian Standard AS 1929.1 – 2007 the requirements are as follows:

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high measured from the inside of the pool area
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground must be no more than 100mm
  • All vertical or near vertical rails on the fence and gate must be less than 100mm apart
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool area
  • The release for the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or
  • The release for the gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence and be surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it must be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a latch access point that is 1200mm above ground level. The gate latch itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point.

If you have not as yet organised for your pool to be registered, we strongly recommend you ensure it meets the above criteria and then attend promptly to organising for the registration of your pool. There are large fines for those who fail to comply.

If you have any questions, or if you are looking at selling or leasing your property, please contact us for assistance in complying with this new legislation

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