When is a Swimming Pool certificate of compliance required?
From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold without a valid certificate of compliance or non-compliance or relevant occupation certificate. Properties that are to be leased require a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate
These changes apply to you if you are the owner of a property with a swimming pool or spa pool. In a strata scheme, all the lot owners jointly own any swimming pool or spa pool that is on common property. The Owners Corporation (or body corporate) is responsible for ensuring there is a valid certificate of compliance or a relevant occupation certificate for pools and spas.
A swimming pool is defined in the law as an excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 30cm and is used for swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity. Generally, this includes, but is not limited to, swimming pools and spa pools.
How long does the Certification last?
A swimming pool certificate of compliance is valid for three years from its date of issue. To check if a certificate of compliance has been issued for your property go to the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register.
A swimming pool certificate of non-compliance is valid for one years from its date of issue or 90 days after date of settlement whichever is sooner. To check if a certificate of compliance has been issued for your property go to the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register.
What is the process of certification?
We try to keep this as simple and easy as possible.
Get in contact with us; we will require some information about the Swimming Pool and property upfront. We are required to have a contract with the property owner which is available on website (online Contract).
Depending on your requirements we will attend an inspection and issue the relevant certificate – if you do not obtain compliance on the first inspection and require a certificate of compliance we can assist in rectification work and will then attend a second inspection once the works are complete and issue the certificate of compliance.
If the inspection has a non-compliant result what happens?
If you have had the inspection as you are planning to sell you property – you have a choice -you can get the repairs completed and have a compliance certificate issued or you can choose to sell your property with the non-compliance certificate.
If you have had the inspection as you are leasing or property or you are just making sure everything is safe then we can help you through the next steps. We will provide a detailed report to give you all the information you need to fix the problems found. We can give you a quote for the rectification work – if they are large repairs we can recommend appropriate repairers also. We are there to help make sure you get your swimming pool compliant within the timeframes prescribed.
Can you tell me how and what to fix if I have any problems?
Absolutely, unlike council or some other private certifiers we provide everything you need. A detailed report outlining the areas of issue, we can assist with repairs or for larger issues suggest trades people to assist with the fixes that are required.
Our inspectors have building and manufacturing backgrounds so they know what they are talking about and will ensure you get through the process with as little fuss as possible.
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