Swimming pools and spas

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A building permit is required to be obtained prior to construction or installation of a swimming pool or spa that is capable of holding more than 300mm of water.

A building permit is not required for general maintenance to an existing pool/spa safety barrier, provided the maintenance is carried out using materials commonly used for the same purpose as the material being replaced, and will not adversely affect the safety of the public or occupiers of the building. 

Swimming pool and spa owners have a legal obligation to ensure that they maintain the effective operation of swimming pool and spa safety barriers. Gates and doors must remain closed except when entering the pool or spa. 

For more information about pool and spa safety barriers, please see the Victorian Building Authority website.

Swimming pool and spa registrations

The Victorian state government has introduced new legislation to ensure that pools and spas are as safe as possible for everyone. 

All pool and spa owners are required to register their pool/spa with Council, and have their pool/spa inspected by a registered building surveyor or building inspector.

Register your pool or spa

Upload your Compliance Certificate

Pay a swimming pool infringement