Swimming pools and spas

Overview

A building permit is required for the installation of a swimming pool/spa as well as a pool/spa barrier. If you would like to apply for a building permit, please refer to our Building checklists and Building forms and fees web pages. 

The Building Regulations 2012 require all private swimming pools and spas with water that is more than 30cm deep to have a safety barrier installed that stops young children accessing the pool and surrounds.

Swimming pool enclosures must be in place and in compliance with the Building Regulations 2012, A.S. 1926.1 and the Building Code of Australia, and inspected prior to the use of the swimming pool/spa. If the building permit applied for and received is only for the swimming pool/spa, a separate building permit application is required to be lodged with the Town of Victoria Park, approved and issued for the swimming pool barrier fencing.  

At the completion of the swimming pool/spa and barrier, an inspection certificate from the installer or other suitably qualified person, confirming that the swimming pool/spa barrier(s) is/are compliant is required to be provided to the Town of Victoria Park along with the BA7–Notice of Completion form.  At the receipt of your BA7–Notice of Completion form, the Town will arrange for an inspection of the completed swimming pool/spa and barrier.  You will need to provide us with your availability and contact details.

Following our first inspection of the swimming pool/spa and barrier, the Town will conduct regulatory swimming pool/spa and barrier inspections every four years.  If your swimming pool/spa is decommissioned or removed, you will need to advise us in writing so that we may arrange for a final inspection and update our records accordingly.

2017 swimming pool and spa inspections

Assessments of all private swimming pools and spa barriers in the Town are completed every four years. The assessments are required to ensure that all private swimming pools and spa barriers are compliant with the Building Regulations 2012, A.S. 1926.1 and the Building Code of Australia. They are also to ensure the safety of our community.

The Royal Life Saving Society has been contracted by the Town of Victoria Park to conduct the 2017 assessments. Private swimming pool and spa owners will receive a letter in the mail and will need to organise an appointment for their assessment by calling 1300 302 984. You do not have to be present during the booked assessment; the Royal Life Saving Society just needs to confirm when they can access the property. However, if doors are part of the barrier the inspector will need access to them to check that they are operating correctly.

For more information, call the Royal Life Saving Society on 1300 302 984.