Pools, spas and fencing

Home swimming pool and spa safety

Pool fencing laws

  • If a Victorian residential pool or spa has a depth of 30cm (300mm) or more, it is required to be surrounded by a safety barrier, regardless of the pool size. This includes inflatable pools and spas with lockable lids.
  • All pools and spas built after 2010 require a four-sided barrier (isolation fence), with no direct access from the house or any other building to the pool or spa.
  • Safety barriers must be a minimum of 1.2 metres high.
  • Barrier gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
  • It is illegal to leave a pool or spa gate propped open.
  • Climbable objects such as pot plants, eskies, pool pumps and chairs must be moved away from the barrier.


  • A building permit is required before installing a new pool, spa, or barrier.
  • This permit needs to be issued by a registered building surveyor.
  • Building work must start within 12 months of the date that the building permit was issued.
  • During construction, if a new pool is filled with more than 30cm of water it must have a temporary safety barrier put around it.

Please note - for dam requirements, please refer to Farmsafe.

For more information on pool and spa safety barriers please refer to the links below.