If you own a private swimming pool in Western Australia you are required to provide a barrier that surrounds the pool or spa in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1926.1 - 2012 (incorporating Amendment No. 1 only) and part 3.9 of Volume 2 of the National Construction Code. The drowning of a child is not only tragic but it can also have legal implications for the pool owners.
If you wish to install a private swimming pool or spa, you must apply for a building permit for the pool/spa, and the barrier. The City inspects pools and spas on a three yearly cycle.
This fact sheet by the Building Commission provides general information about the building approvals process for your new swimming pool or spa and it’s safety barrier.
The City of Fremantle is required to inspect known swimming pools and spas at least once in every four years.
A pool or spa includes a blow up or portable above ground pool when it can contain water that is more than 300 mm deep.
Please refer to:
- the Building Commission website for more information on the regulations and legislation that govern pools and spas in Western Australia.
- The City's Checklist for the Installation of Swimming Pools
- Rules for Pools and Spas Publication from the Building Commission Rules for Pools and Spas
Residential Pool Safety Checklist During Covid-19
Local governments, subject to Schedule 5 of the Building Regulations 2012, have a statutory obligation to inspect the safety barriers of private swimming pools and spas so that a period of four years does not lapse between inspections.
Due to the COVID-19 situation there may be implications on the ability of some local governments to carry out pool barrier inspections when they are due. Building and Energy is urging pool owners to be extra vigilant, especially with children being at home.
It is important that residents of premises with private swimming pools that do not get inspected undertake self-assessment of their barrier to ensure that it is maintained and in good working order. Building and Energy has developed the ‘Rules for Pools and Spas – a simple checklist’ to assist those residents.
The checklist does not distinguish between the different requirements for pre-May 2016 and post-May 2016 pools as residents may not know the age of their pool, and it focuses on areas of risk and limits areas of technical compliance.
The checklist is not intended to replace, and is not as effective as, a local government inspection. However, providing this checklist may encourage pool owners to do a self-assessment of their swimming pool barrier. The checklist provides the owner/occupier with an ability to self-assess, reducing, but not wholly negating, risk.
City of Fremantle
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