Decommission a swimming pool may be achieved through one of the following options (subject to satisfactory site inspection by Council).
Complete dismantling of pool if above ground. Otherwise at least the removal of the pool liner, access ladder and filtration system and ensure the remaining components cannot hold water to a depth of more than 300mm.
Total removal of an in-ground pool
A building permit to demolish is required (if the exemptions in Schedule 3 of the Regulations do not apply). Consideration needs to be given to the setback from the boundary and whether the demolition will have an adverse effect on the adjoining property. The excavation will need to be filled with appropriate soil for the site and compacted in layers with a maximum depth of 300mm (or as determined by an engineer taking site conditions into account).
In-ground pools can either be left in situ and buried or made incapable of holding water to a depth of more than 300mm. The process can include:
- cut at least two holes at least 500mm x 500mm in the deep end of the pool (or as determined by an engineer taking site conditions into account);
- remove debris from cut outs;
- remove filtration system and access ladders;
- fill the pool excavation with appropriate fill material compacted in layers with a maximum depth of 300 mm (or as determined by an engineer taking site conditions into account). Consideration can also be given to cutting down the side walls.
Please note: decommissioning in-ground or permanent swimming pools that remains in situ can be problematic if any future construction and development work occurs on the site. In this regard the owners should keep a record/photos of the works carried out to decommission the pool.
Following the decommissioning of the swimming pool, please contact Building Services on 9433 3243 to arrange for a site inspection to confirm and removal of the decommissioned pool from Council’s swimming pool register.
As an alternative to the above requirements, pursuant to Section 160 of Building Act an owner may apply and obtain an exemption (known as modification) from the pool registration requirements through the Building Appeals Board. Visit the Building Appeals website here. Should you be successful at obtaining a modification (swimming pool registration requirements) please provide a copy to email@example.com accompanied by a written request for the structure to be removed from Council’s pool register.
The pool/spa owners that are unable to decommission their pool as specified above must ensure their pool/spa is registered with Council by 1 November 2020.