Hills District Pool Safety Inspections and Certifications
A pool safety inspection and certification confirms whether swimming pools and spas comply with the Swimming Pools Act, Regulations and Referenced Australian standards.
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We are the local expert for pool certification services in Hills District. Located in the Sydney, our company is run by an experienced business owner with over 20 years working in building and inspection services. Since establishing the company, we have conducted hundreds of thorough pool safety inspections and finished numerous minor repairs.
We have helped homeowners bring their pools and spas up to relevant standards and in turn, issue a valid certificate of safety compliance certificate. It’s essential that Sydney-siders have a pool safety inspection carried out as soon as possible to comply with changes in NSW law.
Pool Certification Hills District NSW
NSW home owners with swimming pools have responsibilities they must comply with for the safety of their family and public.
Under current regulations all swimming pools that are being leased or sold require a pool certification certificate.
In recent inspections we have noticed that many swimming pools in the suburb around the hills district have had unsafe pool fences and pool gates requiring extensive work to make compliant and we were unable to issue a pool fence barrier compliance certificate.
The suburbs we have recently inspected range from Bella Vista, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Winston Hills, West Pennant Hills, Kellyville, Beaumont Hills, Carlingford, Annangrove, Dural and Glenorie.
We would have to say that the hills district must be the highest area of residential pools if not very close. We seem to be inspecting swimming pool fences on the daily in the hills District. Personally, one of my favourite areas with beautiful view, bushy outlook and lovely homes!
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NSW Swimming Pool Register
Before you put your toes in the water, it’s essential to know if your pool poses hidden hazards. Recent changes to laws in New South Wales mean that a home or property with a pool or spa cannot be sold or rented until it has a valid certificate of safety compliance.
These legal revisions highlight the utmost importance of having a pool certification in Sydney. Getting your swimming pools certified is no longer optional—it is mandatory. We take on a safe, cost effective and timely approach to the entire process.
For more info, visit the NSW Pool Register website.
These pool compliance certificates are required for:
- In-ground pools
- Above-ground pools
- Portable pools
- Spa pools (300mm capacity or more)
To obtain a pool barrier inspection and certification, pool owners must:
- Register the pool on the NSW Swimming Pools Register at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
- Surround the pool with a compliant child-resistant barrier
- Display a clear warning and resuscitation sign in pool areas
- Choose a pool inspector
- Pay pool safety inspection and certification fees
- Ensure continued pool safety compliance even after being issued a certificate of compliance
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Clear View Pool Inspections and Certifications in Hills District
Once you have registered your pool you can now arrange an inspection to have your swimming pool fence checked and if all ok Certified.
Here at Clear View Property Inspections, we provide free advice and also have a swimming pool consultancy service, weather you have an existing pool that needs a new updated pool barrier or if you a building a new pool and want to ensure your new swimming pool barrier is compliant and safe.
We at Clear View Property inspections are Swimming pool Certifiers and Builders and can help you through every step of the way in making your swimming pool compliant and ensure your Pool Safety!
2012 AS1926.1 Standards
I will tell you a few requirements to achieve Pool Compliance in the Hills District, you can check the pool gate latch and pool gates yourself as this is extremely important as this is the easiest way for children to access swimming pools.
I will use the 2012 AS1926.1 Standards as this is the most regularly used standard and current version.
- Swimming pool gates must always open outwards, away from the pool!
- Gates to be located so they are clear of any building or door way.
- Minimum gap under the gate is 100mm from finished floor level.
- The gates must be self-closing from any position stand still.
- Check the gate when closed with force it does not release the latch or unhinge.
- The Pool gate latch must be self-latching when door is closed position.
- The Pool gate latch must not be able to be locked in the open position.
- The pool gate latch must be higher then 1500mm from finished floor level or higher then 1400mm from the highest lower horizontal member.
- Pool gate latching device below 1500mm or below 1400mm above the highest horizontal member requires latch to be on the inside, be in a position that the release requires to reach over or through a fence at a height not less than 1200mm above finished floor level or not less then 1000mm from the highest lower horizontal member, be at least 150mm below the top gate and latch shall be shielded @ radius of 450mm from operating parts.
Some things to know about the Hills Shire and why there’s a demand for private pool inspectors and certifiers.
The Hills Shire (from 1906–2008 as Baulkham Hills Shire) is a local government area in the Greater Western Sydney region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The suburb is north-west of the Sydney central business district, and encompasses 401 square kilometres (155 sq mi) stretching from the M2 Hills Motorway in the south to Wiseman’s Ferry on the Hawkesbury River in the north. The Hills Shire had a population of 157,243 as at the 2016 census.
Swimming Pool Act of NSW
The common age for kids who have drowned is 1-5 years of age, so you can understand that at this age the kids still don’t understand the danger that surrounds swimming pools and pool safety.
This is why the Swimming pool act of NSW has introduced stringent rules along with the regulations and Australian standards to try maintain high pool safety and safe pool fencing.
There are many local swimming pools that can be utilised if your swimming pool is not safe to use. You are best locking the gate with a chain till you have time or funds to attend to the pool fence.
Consider using Cherrybrook Aquatic centre, Western Sydney Aquatics, Waves fitness and Aquatic Centre, Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Kenthurst Community Pool are some locations to name a few.
I hope this information has given some insights on Pool fence regulations and provided information you could use to check your Pool fence requirements, Pool gates and Pool gate latch.
If you would like to get your swimming pool barrier checked and certified in the suburb of West Pennant Hills or surrounds you first need to register your pool on the NSW pool register.
To all home owners the first thing you must do is go the swimming pool register and register your pool. For more info, visit https://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/.
A little bit about the Hills District
Suburbs in the local government area / Suburbs at least partially within The Hills Shire are:
- Baulkham Hills (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
- Beaumont Hills
- Bella Vista
- Box Hill
- Castle Hill (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Cattai (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Dural (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Glenhaven (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Glenorie (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Leets Vale (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Lower Portland (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Maraylya (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Maroota (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Middle Dural (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- North Kellyville
- North Rocks (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
- Norwest (newly formed)
- Rouse Hill (shared with City of Blacktown)
- Sackville North
- South Maroota
- West Pennant Hills (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Winston Hills (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
Wisemans Ferry (shared with Central Coast Council, City of Hawkesbury and Hornsby Shire)
Pool Barrier Checklist
- The height of the fence must be at least 1200mm 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
- Vertical or near-vertical rails on the fence and gate must be less than 100mm apart
- Must not have potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
- Must have a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
- If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm wide or less
- The pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair with no holes, broken rails or palings
- The gate must be close on its own and latch by itself from any position
- The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and cannot be opened from the outside once locked
- The gate must open outwards and away from the pool
- The release for the gate latch must be at least 1500mm above ground level, or the release for the gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence and surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it can only be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a latch access point that is 1200mm above the ground
- The gate latch itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point
- If a wall forms part of the pool barrier, then there must not be an opening greater than 100mm
- All windows must only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
- The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window to the pool area must be 1800mm from the ground
- There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
- The pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence
Indoor Pool Checklist
Pools Without Child-Resistant, Lockable Cover
- The latch or knob on the door to the pool must be at least 1500mm from ground level
- The door must open outwards, away from the pool area
- The door should automatically close and lock on its own from any open position
- There must be no pet doors or openings that are more than 100mm
Indoor Pools with Windows
- The windows into the pool area must only open up to 100mm
- If windows open more than 100mm, they should be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen so they cannot be accessed from the outside
- If the windows open more than 100mm and are not covered by bars or a mesh screen, the window sill from the lowest panel height must be at least 1800mm from the ground
Outdoor Spa Checklist
Spas with Child-Resistant, Lockable Cover
- Must be covered by the child-resistant, lockable cover at all times when not in use
- A current CPR sign must be displayed in clear view of the spa and easily ready from a 3-metre distance
Spas Enclosed by a Pool Fence
- If the spa was built before 1 September 2008, the fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around the spa
- If the spa was built after 1 September 2008, the fence must be at least 1800mm high all around the spa
- There must be no gaps of more than 100mm under your spa fence
- There must be no gaps of more than 100mm between the vertical or near-vertical rails of the fence gate
- There much be no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the spa fence in any direction
- The spa fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repairs, containing no holes, broken rails or palings
- If a wall forms part of the spa barrier, there must be no openings of more than 100mm
Spas Enclosed by a Pool Gate
- The spa gate must close on its own and self-lock from any open position
- The spa gate must be securely closed and unable to be pulled open when in the locked position
- All the gates to the spa area must open out and away from the spa area
- The spa gate latch should be at least 1500mm from the ground level
- If the spa gate latch is not at least 1500mm from the ground level, your gate lock on the inside of the fence should be surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it can only be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a lock access point that is 1200mm about ground level. The lock itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point.
Around the Spa Area
- The windows that open directly to the spa area must only open to a maximum of 100mm or have bars or mesh over them
- The heights of the window sills from the lowest opening panel to the spa area must be at least 1800mm from the ground
- Current CPR signs listing the resuscitation techniques must be in clear view from inside the spa area and should be easily read from 3 meters away
- There must be no climbable objects within 300mm from inside the spa area
- There must be no climbable objects within 1200mm from the outside of the spa fence
How much does a pool safety inspection and certification cost?
A pool safety inspection and certification varies depending on the inspector you choose. These prices fluctuate based on factors such as:
- Size and number of pools/spas on the property
- Inspection and certification for a Home or Business
- The required turnaround of your pool safety inspection and certification
Contact us today for a competitive quote for your pool safety inspection and certification for NSW pools and spas. Our services include pool safety inspections and building and property inspections in Sydney.
Do I need a pool barrier inspection and certification for a rental?
If you own a rental property in NSW, then yes, you are responsible for obtaining a pool safety inspection and certification for any pool or spas on the property.
However, if you are a renter in NSW and the property you rent has a pool or spa, you do not need to do a pool safety inspection and certification. The owners of the property are the ones responsible. As renters, it’s important that you maintain proper pool safety protocols.
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- Safety – For you and your family is and always will be our primary focus
- Assurance – Accredited swimming pool compliance inspectors.
- Fundamentally a simplistic approach to ensure that the service provided is easy to understand
- Educate – Our clients in understanding private and public pool safety in accordance with the legislation
- Timely – Pool inspections, reports and compliance certificates provided with reduced lead times
- You And your family’s safety are our number one priority
We offer our services to any pool or spa owner in the Sydney region.
We are E1 Swimming Pool Certifiers with a focus on safety and eliminating the challenges of interpreting swimming pool barrier legislation. We aim to exceed expectations by reducing response times and improving efficiency to meet your timeline. We pride ourselves in our commitment to seamless communication and industry-recognised methods. In addition, we guarantee a simple, efficient service that will ensure compliance, and above all, safety in your backyard!
With decades of experience, we share our knowledge through an educational approach. Our priority is to inform clients on swimming pool barrier safety and pool compliance. Whether it’s a children’s pool in your own backyard or a spa pool in your hotel, we are the ones to call. The emphasis we place on ensuring that you understand the regulations as much as professionals like us do is our main objective.
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Swimming Pool Register
The NSW Government has announced that starting 29 April 2016, all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool CANNOT be sold or leased without a valid swimming pool compliance certificate or relevant occupation certificate. Failure to attach the certificates may allow the purchaser to rescind the contract within 14 days of exchange, unless settlement has already occurred. (Source: fairtrading.nsw.gov.au)
Landlords and real estate agents must ensure that any residential tenancy agreement entered on or after 29 April 2016 for any property with a pool facility has a valid certificate of compliance.
For more info, please read the NSW Pool Safety Compliance Regulations.
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