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Pool Barrier Inspection and Certification

A pool barrier inspection and certification confirms whether swimming pools and spas comply with the Swimming Pools Act, Regulations and Referenced Australian standards.


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In NSW, pools are a common amenity in many homes. To protect families and children, NSW has strict policies regarding pool safety and if you’re a homeowner with a pool or spa, you’re required to obtain a pool safety inspection and certification.

If you are selling your home you will need to have the pool inspected and provide a Compliance or Non Compliance certificate during the sale process.

What is a pool barrier safety inspection and certification?

A pool barrier safety inspection and certification confirms whether swimming pools and Spas are compliant with the Swimming Pools Act, Regulations and Referenced Australian standards.

A pool barrier inspector will conduct a thorough examination of your pool or spa area and issue either a certificate of compliance or notice outlining the identified non-compliance issues with the Pool.

If your pool or spa is determined to be non-compliant the Pool owner will have six weeks to comply with the terms of the notice and make the necessary repairs or installations to ensure compliance. If not complied with, the notice will be forwarded to the local council. However, if the pool is deemed a risk to public safety, the notice will be forwarded immediately.

When selling the Property the rules are slightly different. If complaint we will issue a compliance certificate but if not complaint you don’t necessarily need to make repairs. We can issue a non-compliance pool certificate and you can legally sell the home with non-compliant pool. The new owners will need to do the suitable repairs.

Buyer beware, if you purchase a home with a pool that has been issues a non-compliance pool certificate you will have 90 days from handover to make suitable repairs.

The local council will be knocking on your door requesting this be completed. They have the power to enforce this by taking legal action and issuing fines.

We highly recommend when purchasing a home with a non-compliant pool you have Clear View Property Inspections complete a pool barrier Check to identify the pool barrier issues so you have an idea of what repairs will need to be completed. Pool barrier repairs can be very costly and cost many thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Give Clear View property Inspections a call for advice.

 

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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Pool Barrier Inspection and Certification Checklist

The pool barrier safety inspection and certification checklist you’ll use depends on a variety of factors including:

  • When the pool was built or installed (pools built prior to 1 July 2010 have different rules in terms of waterfront properties, small properties and large properties)
  • When the pool fence or access point was substantially rebuilt or altered
  • The type of pool (indoor, outdoor, spa, portable)

Let’s go over a breakdown of some pool safety inspection and certification checklists.

Pool Barrier Checklist

Pool Fencing

  • 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

Pool Gates

  • 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

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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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