Swimming pool and spa certification extension

Published on 30 October 2021

This is an image of a child with goggles on swimming in a pool.

Nillumbik residents now have more time to have their pool and spa safety barriers inspected and certified as compliant, after the Victorian Government acknowledged the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of limited opportunity for building inspectors to visit homes during the pandemic, the deadline for owners to lodge certificates of pool and spa barrier compliance with Council has been extended.

Amendments to the Building Regulations came into effect in December 2019, making it mandatory for residents to register their swimming pools and spas with Council and have the safety barriers inspected certified as compliant.

The laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm of water, including permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools.

The registration deadline was 1 November 2020 and all owners who have missed the deadline must ensure they make an application to Council as soon as possible. Failure to register can attract a Council infringement notice of up to $363 or referral of the matter to the Magistrate court.

Property Owners with a pool/spa must then have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify the compliance of their safety barrier.

Once your pool or spa is inspected, the building inspector or building surveyor who carried out the inspection will issue you with a Certificate of Compliance, which must be lodged with Council.

  • If your pool or spa was built before 30 June 1994, the deadline for the first certificate lodgement has now been extended from 1 November 2021 to 1 June 2022.
  • If your pool or spa was built between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, you must lodge your certificate by 1 June 2023.
  • If your pool or spa was built between 1 May 2010 and 31 October 2020, you must lodge your certificate by 1 June 2024.
  • If your pool or spa was built on or after 1 November 2020, your first Certificate of Compliance must be lodged within 30 days of the date of issue of the certificate. You must attach your Certificate of Compliance when submitting your registration.

Following the lodgement of the first certificate of compliance with Council, pool or spa owners must have the compliance of their safety barrier certified every four years thereafter.

For more information on the Victorian Government’s pool safety reforms or to register your pool or spa with Council, visit nillumbik.vic.gov.au/pools-and-spas.

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