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How to Acquire a Pool Fence Compliance Certificate Victoria Wide

On 1 December 2019 the Victorian Government issued new laws to improve pool and spa safety across the state. The new laws specify that land owners must register their pool or spa with their relevant local council.

After registering your pool or spa with your council, you must arrange for a registered building inspector to inspect your pool or spa. They will determine if your pool or spa safety barrier is compliant with the relevant council requirements. If your pool or spa does comply with building regulations, you will receive a Certificate of Barrier Compliance which you must lodge to your local council within 30 days.

If your pool or spa is non-compliant, your inspector will provide a written report that clearly outlines: the matters that must be addressed to get your pool or spa into compliance, the period in which the barrier must be made compliant (typically within 60 days), and the date and time they intend to re-inspect your pool or spa.

Certificate of Compliance Deadlines

The new laws stipulate that land owners must lodge a compliance certificate by a certain date depending on the pool or spa construction date. These dates apply to pools or spas constructed before 1 November 2020:

  • Built on or before 30 June 1994 - Lodge certificate by 1 June 2022

  • Built from 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010 - Lodge certificate by 1 June 2023

  • Built from 1 May 2010 until 31 October 2020 - Lodge certificate by 1 June 2024


Any pools or spas constructed after 1 November 2020 must be registered within 30 days of receiving the relevant Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection

You are also required to lodge a new certificate of barrier compliance every four years. Refer to your local council for exact dates.


Which Pools and Spas Must Be Registered?

Any pool or spa that can hold more than 300mm (30cm) of water must comply with the new safety barrier rules. These include permanent pools, indoor pools, above ground rules, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools, and some relocatable pools.

The new laws do not apply to relocatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require assembly. One such example of this are small inflatable pools that require only inflation to operate.


How the Process Works

Once you have registered your pool or spa, book an appointment with My Pool Inspector to secure your first inspection on a suitable day and time.

On the day of your inspection, your building inspector will arrive on time and perform a thorough inspection of your pool or spa, including the surrounding area. You will be notified on the day of the inspection whether your pool or spa is compliant.

If your swimming pool or spa is compliant, you will receive a Certificate of Barrier Compliance which you must lodge to the council within 30 days.


What Happens if Your Pool or Spa is Non-Compliant?

If your swimming pool or spa is not compliant, you will either receive a non-compliance certificate or a written notice with recommendations on how to make your spa or pool barrier compliant.

If you receive a non-compliance certificate, your pool inspector will notify the council. The council may issue a barrier improvement notice that specifies what fixes must be made to make the barrier compliant, and the period in which the work must be completed by

Generally speaking, if this is your first inspection, your pool inspector will issue you a written notice and book a time and day for re-inspection. If the barrier is still non-compliant on the second inspection, but your inspector is satisfied with the progress made so far, they may give you an additional 7 days to complete the necessary works. Otherwise they will issue a certificate of non-compliance on the spot.


Why Choose My Pool Inspector?

Clear, easy to understand reports

At My Pool Inspector we are dedicated to making spa and pool safety a breeze. We achieve this by providing clear, easy to understand advice that makes sense, in the form of both written and video reports. High-quality video reports give you a visual representation of where an issue may lie and what must be done to rectify any problems.

Friendly advice and support

Being unsure whether your pool or spa is compliant can be stressful. Our goal is to alleviate this stress so that you can relax and safely enjoy your new or existing pool or spa with total confidence. We understand that arranging an inspection is inconvenient, which is why we provide as little or as much help as you need to get up to code. Rest assured we will always guide you in the right direction.

Qualified swimming pools and spa barrier experts

My Pool Inspector is comprised of fully qualified, insured, and experienced spa and pool inspectors. We are qualified to conduct spa and pool surveys and issue compliance certificates that are recognised under Victorian law.

Book an Appointment

To book your next appointment with My Pool Inspector, call us on (03) 9515 0575 or fill out the online form. One of our friendly local inspectors will be happy to book a suitable day and time for your appointment

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