Pool Compliance Regulations NSW Explanation No4 – Indoor pools and spas

A swimming pool is not merely a structure that is designed to contain water. It is mainly used for swimming, bathing, wading or diving. There are various types of swimming pools which include in-ground swimming pools, above-ground swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and spas etc.                                                                                                        

Privately owned and spa pools are both required to follow the pool compliance regulation in NSW. To know more about the spa pool safety regulation. Read further below.                    

For indoor pools and spas

Indoor and spa pool owners need to follow the NSW swimming pool safety regulation. They are required to comply with the pool compliance law to ensure the pool safety and prevent any incidents from happening.

All pool and spa facilities must always be maintained, so it can have proper working condition and remain safe for people to use. This is to make sure that the facility possesses no threat to the people’s lives

To help you understand more about indoor and spa pool regulation, read further below.

  • The latch on the gate should be at least 1500mm above ground level.

Your pool fence gates must be constructed with a latching device. The latching device can help the gate close itself automatically. It also prevents the gate from being re-opened without manually releasing it. The release mechanism should have a minimum height of 1500mm above ground level. 

  • There should be no pet door or opening that is more than 100mm.

The gate must have a sufficient area which enables it to swing freely through to arc of the gate. The maximum gap under the gate should not exceed 100mm at its closed position. It is also important to locate the gate hinges outside the non-climbable Zone (NCZ).

  • There should be no wall openings greater than 100mm.

Wires, rods or palings that can be seen near the wall, should not be larger than 100mm. There should be no attachment located between the gate and the wall that could make it easy for kids to climb on.

  • The windows should open to a maximum of 100mm.

The maximum opening of the window should be 100mm. The window must be fitted with a restrictor to prevent it from opening too far. It must be firmly built to ensure that the window’s opening will not exceed the maximum length.

The window frame restrictor must be sturdy enough to resist any strong forces. A well-built window can prevent any individual, especially the children from opening it.

  • An appropriate and clear warning sign such as the CPR guidelines should be available near the pool area and can be easily read from a distance of 3m.

A warning sign must be placed in the pool area. It should be displayed at a location where it is visible to any person near the pool. It should be made of durable and weatherproof material so it cannot be easily damaged.

Warning signs remind the pool users to follow safety procedures in and around the swimming pool. Pool safety signs can minimise pool related accidents.            

  • There should be no climbable objects within 1200mm area outside the fence.

An regulated pool fence height must be no less than 1200mm. It should also include a continuous non-climbable zone. In this zone, the distance between any hand and foothold of the fence must be smaller than 900mm.  The non-climbable zone (NCZ) can be located anywhere within the vertical area of the barrier.  


As a pool and spa owner, you are responsible for the safety of the pool and safeness of your family. You are required to follow the pool compliance law to prevent any accidents from occurring. By following these regulations, you can be assured that your pool is safe to use.