It’s great to have a pool in your back yard for everyone to enjoy, but with increased numbers of children drowning after falling into pools, it pays to play it safe.
Since March 2013, laws were implemented requiring that all pools are fenced for child safety. It is now mandatory for any swimming pool, spa pool, or inflatable pool that can be filled with more than 300mm of water to install the appropriate pool fencing and barriers.
Councils are now fining pool owners if their pools aren’t protected by suitable fencing. It’s also an offence, under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, not to register your swimming pool within a certain time period. Once registered, the pool will be inspected and a Certificate of Compliance will be issued – unless the barriers fail to meet the standards in place.
The Swimming Pools Act 1992 subsequently defines barriers as any poolside fences or walls, as well as gates or doors set into a fence or wall around the pool.
To ensure your pool meets all the legal requirements - and to avoid a fine - it’s best to hire a professional to install the appropriate pool fencing.