Council is launching a program to not only promote public awareness around pool and spa safety, but to also educate about the need to obtain approval before installing a pool or spa.
A child can drown in seconds. Drowning continues to be one of the leading causes of accidental death for Australian children under 5 years of age. Many of these occur in swimming pools, due to faulty or non-compliant swimming pool barriers.
Many pools and spas sold by department stores and hardware outlets not only require a child resistant barrier, but also require a prior development approval. This applies to any pool or spa that holds greater than 2000Lt, with any pool or spa capable of being filled with water greater than 300mm in depth requiring a permanent child-resistant barrier.
Council has found above ground pools commonly sold as ‘swim spas’ are often installed without approval and in many cases not surrounded by a child resistant barrier. Penalties apply for unfenced and non-compliant pools.
Council’s Compliance Team have NSW Fair Trading registered swimming pool inspectors available to answer any questions and can inspect your pool or spa to ensure they meet the legislated requirements.
COVID safe measures are taken by Council staff when visiting residential properties.
There are possible insurance and legal implications for property owners of residential and holiday lettings if their pool is non-compliant.