In Victoria, a Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance is a Certificate that can only be issued by a VBA registered building inspector or building surveyor after your swimming pool or spa has been inspected and deemed to comply with the applicable barrier standard.
The process is simple & convenient.
Book your inspection with Safety First Pool and Spa Inspections, and we will be in touch to confirm your preferred time and date. If your pool is deemed compliant the certificate of compliance will be issued within 24hrs.
Pools and spas are the most common location of drownings for children aged five and under, and on average four children die in home pools and spas every year.
Ninety percent of swimming pool and spa barriers in Victoria aren’t meeting safety standards. The new state-wide regulations aim to make pools and spas safer for everyone, particularly kids aged five and under.
Yes, all permanent, portable or relocatable swimming pools and spas, regardless of when they were constructed or erected, must be registered with Council. All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water greater than 300mm (30cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children.
Barriers are required for:
– in-ground pools and spas
– above-ground pools and spas, including inflatable pools capable of containing water to a depth of more than 300mm (30cm)
– indoor pools and spas
– wading pools that may contain more than 300mm (30cm) of water.
The minimum barrier standards based on the pool or spas construction date are available on the VBA website: https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/safety-guides/swimming-pools
After registering your pool or spa, the relevant council is required to send you written notification confirming:
– that your pool or spa has been registered
– the date of construction of your pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard
– your right to appeal to the Building Appeals Board (BAB) in relation to the council’s determination of the date of construction of the pool or spa
– the date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with the relevant council.
Yes you can. The new requirements set the boundary barrier at 1.8 metres.
After you apply to register your pool or spa, the relevant council will determine the date of construction of your pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard.
The barrier standard that applied at the date your pool or spa was constructed is the applicable barrier standard for your pool or spa.
The date of construction of a relocatable pool or spa is the day it was most recently erected on your property
Yes under AS 1926.1-2012 you can. You must have a Building Surveyor assess an application and issue a building permit
If you disagree with the relevant council’s determination about the date of construction of your pool or spa, you can appeal the decision to the Building Appeals Board (BAB). An appeal must be lodged within 30 days of receiving the council’s determination.
You can contact the BAB on 1300 421 082, at www.buildingappeals.vic.gov.au or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the relevant council to check if your pool or spa has been registered.
Yes – it is mandatory for all land owners in Victoria to apply to register any pool or spa on their property.
Of the 27 drownings that have occurred in Victoria since 2000, 12 involved children who were not residents of the property. In one case, the child had entered the pool area without the knowledge of the property owner
When a pool or spa is on common property managed by an owners corporation, the owner corporation is responsible for arranging the registration, inspection and certification of the pool or spa barrier.
Yes you need a building permit issued and a Building Inspector pass it.
You should contact the council or check their website about their process for lodging a certificate of barrier compliance.
No it doesn’t. You need an independent barrier and have it inspected.
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.