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Swimming Pool Certificates

Swimming pools and spas are a place of great enjoyment and fun in the home, however they also come with risks, so it's important to have adequate safety measures in place.

Pool or spa registration

All pools that are capable of being filled with 300mm or more of water and are used, designed, manufactured, or adapted for swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

You will be provided with a Certificate of Registration once you’ve completed the process.

There are penalties for non-compliance under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, including being issued an infringement notice or facing court-imposed penalties, with a maximum penalty of $2,200.

Register now

Register your pool or spa on the NSW Government's online Swimming Pool Register. It's free and only takes a couple of minutes!

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Swimming pool barrier safety inspections

Swimming pool and spa owners are required, by law, in certain circumstances, to have their pool barrier inspected to ensure it meets the safety requirements.

You must have your pool barrier inspected if:

  • You are selling or leasing your property
  • You are a provider of tourist or visitor accommodation, including hotels, motels, Airbnb, or a strata title property (i.e. a property where there are two or more residences on a property) your pool barrier must be inspected every three years
  • Your property is selected to be inspected by Council
  • Council receives a complaint about your pool barrier

An inspection must be organised through your local Council or a registered certifier. If your pool complies with the safety standards, you will be issued with a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance which is valid for 3 years.

There are penalties for non-compliance under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, including being issued an infringement notice or facing court-imposed penalties, with a maximum penalty of $5,500.

It’s now as simple as 1, 2, 3 to get your Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance

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    Our inspection fees have been set in line with the legislation and are laid out in our Fees and Charges.

    The fees are currently:

    • $150 for your initial inspection
    • $100 per inspection should your barrier require any additional inspections (Pensioner discounts apply for the holders of appropriate concession cards)

    Please note: an independent private certifier will set their own fees.

Apply for an Exemption

Section 22 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 allows for an applicant to apply for an exemption to the required swimming pool barrier requirements on the grounds;

  • That it is impracticable or unreasonable because of the physical nature of the premises
  • Because of the design or construction of the swimming pool,
  • Because of special circumstances of a kind recognised by Clause 14 of the Swimming Pool Regulations 2018 as justifying the granting of an exemption for the swimming pool to comply with those requirements
  • That alternative provision, no less effective than those requirements, exists for restricting access to the swimming pool

A $250 fee applies and must be paid at the time of submitting the application.

Download application form

Australian Standards

Due to copyright restrictions access to Australian Standards is only available by viewing the Standards in person at the Council offices.
Handwritten notes may be taken, however photographs and photocopies are prohibited due to copyright restrictions.
Copies of all Australian Standards are available for purchase at www.techstreet.com.