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New pool & spa safety barrier regulations

Sunday, December 1, 2019

From 1 December, private pools and spas in Bayside must be registered with Council and comply with new Victorian safety barrier regulations.

Pool and spa owners have until 1 June 2020 to register. As the legislation has just recently been approved, we are working to establish a formal register.

We will write to contact pool and spa owners to provide information on the registration process in Bayside, requesting them to register and provide certificates of compliance.

New regulations

All permanent pools and spas and most relocatable ones capable of holding water to a depth greater than 30cm must be registered.

The State government has introduced the new mandatory safety regulations in a bid to reduce the incidence of drownings among young children.

Staged roll-out

While the new regulations come into effect on 1 December 2019, implementation of compliance checks and the requirement to lodge compliance certificates will be staged.

Owners are required to have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify that their pool or spa safety barrier is compliant every four years.

The date by which owners must organise their first inspection and certification of their barrier which will be determined by the age of the pool or spa. Older pools/spas will be inspected first. We will confirm with you the applicable date for your situation.

Pools and spas constructed Compliance certificate lodged with Council
On or before 20 June 1994 By 1 June 2021
From 1 June 1994 to 30 April 2010  By 1 June 2022
From 1 May 2010 to 31 May 2020 By 1 June 2023

For more information on the new regulations, visit vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools.

 

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