Pool Inspection NSW
Swimming Pool Inspection
In NSW, it is necessary to meet swimming pool fence regulations. It is also essential that your pools are registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.
In order to obtain a pool certificate of compliance, your pool barriers should be inspected. Certificate of compliance, certificate of non-compliance or occupation certificate is also needed if you are planning to sell a property with a pool. Aside from that, a certificate of compliance or occupation certificate is important for those who want to lease their property with a pool.
Who can inspect your pools?
In NSW, local council and a private certifiers are authorised to inspect your pools. However, choosing a private certifier can be the best option. They can be more reliable and provide better services than the local council.
Furthermore, make sure to choose a certifier who are in category A1, A2, A3 or E1. These certifiers are accredited by the Building Professionals Board to carry out compliance and safety inspections.
- The certifier should inspect your swimming pool or pool fence. If the pool barrier is found to be compliant, then the certifier will issue you a certificate of compliance.
- However, if the pool fence is not compliant, the certifier is responsible to issue a certificate of non-compliance.
- Certain certifiers can also provide repair services, if needed, in order to achieve compliance. Conversely, some certifiers do not carry out repairs.
When can swimming pools be inspected?
There are different instances where you are obliged to have your pools inspected.
1. When the inspection is required because of the property type.
2. Part of the local council’s inspection program
3. Per request by the pool owner, especially prior to selling or leasing the property.
FAQ about Pool Compliance Inspection in NSW:
How to register your pool?
The pool owner should register their pools online at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au. You can also let the local council do this on your behalf. You will only pay them a fee of up to $10.
Is there a penalty for unregistered pools?
Starting from 29 October 2013, pool owners with unregistered pools may be charged for up to $220. If the inspector already refers the case to the court, the owner may be charged a fine of up to $2,200.
How to obtain a certificate of compliance?
After a comprehensive inspection from a local council or private certifier, if it is compliant with the law, a certificate of compliance is issued to the pool. However, if you pool is not compliant, a certificate of non-compliance is issued. You will be given 90 days to get the non-compliance issues of the pool fixed and then get a compliance certificate
How long is the validity of a compliance certificate?
A compliance certificate is valid for 3 years from the date it is issued.