New legislation affecting backyard swimming pools and spa pools
has been introduced in NSW to enhance the safety of children around
private (backyard) swimming pools and spas. How will this affect
Swimming pool and spa pool owners are required to register their
pools on an online Register to be provided by the NSW State
Government. Owners are required to self-assess and state that their
pool complies with the applicable standards when registering.
The NSW Swimming Pool Register is available for use at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
Owners must register their pools by no later than 29 October 2013.
There is a penalty for owners who fail to do so. Owners may also
register their pools via their local council.
Owners may apply for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate from
their local councils or an accredited certifier so they are in a
position to confidently register their pool. However, there is a
fee payable for this service.
A Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate is valid for 3 years.
If you are installing a new pool, you should ask the pool
installer to provide a Compliance Certificate prior to making the
last payment for the pool.
Selling your property
From 29 April 2014 pool owners who wish to sell their property
must apply and obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate to be
attached to the contract for sale.
Leasing your property
From 29 April 2014 pool owners who wish to lease their property
must apply and obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate and
provide a copy to the tenant.
Pools on strata property
An Owners Corporation is also required to register any pool on
the common property. It is advisable that they apply for a Swimming
Pool Compliance Certificate. This also applies to properties in
community and neighbourhood schemes.
From 29 April 2014 Local Councils must inspect pools associated
with tourist and visitor accommodation and multi-occupancy
developments at 3 year intervals. This includes many pools situated
in strata, community and neighbourhood schemes.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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