It is a requirement of the Victorian Building Regulations that any pool or spa capable of containing water to a depth of greater than 300mm must have compliant safety barriers.
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that compliant safety barriers are in place under a Building Permit issued by a Registered Building Surveyor.
A Building Permit must be issued prior to construction of a swimming pool, spa and associated safety barriers.
Compliant safety barriers must be in place during the construction of a pool.
During construction it is common for temporary fencing to be erected under the Building Permit and provided by your Builder to allow completion of the pool construction. Ensure you read the contract and discuss the details with your builder to understand what is included and what isn’t.
The design and location of permanent fencing should be finalised during the design stage, prior to obtaining a building permit. Engage a registered Building Surveyor to advise on compliance issues for your barrier design.
Temporary fencing is not acceptable as an ongoing or long-term barrier system for swimming pools and spas.
Safety barriers must be completed within six months of the commencement of pool or spa works.
Prior to filling your pool for the first time you must have a compliant safety barrier in place.
Your Building Surveyor will require detailed documentation relating to the pool or spa structure as well as fencing details to demonstrate how the pool will be protected from access by young children in accordance with the Australian Standard.
Your Building Surveyor will issue you with a Certificate of Final Inspection as evidence that the pool or spa and associated safety barriers comply with the Building Permit documentation.
Once completed and approved, maintenance of the pool and safety barriers is the responsibility of the property owner. Safety barriers must be maintained in compliant working order at all times.