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FAQS – Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Compliance

Melbourne Pool Compliance Inspectors

What are the consequences if an owner chooses not to register their pool or spa?

If a pool or spa is not registered within the mandatory timeframe, the owner of the property that the pool or spa is located can face the following penalties:

  • Maximum fee for lodging a certificate of barrier compliance with council – $21.10.
  • Maximum fee for lodging a certificate of barrier non-compliance with council – $397.54.
  • Failure to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance by date specified – up to $$1,849.20.
  • Failure to lodge a certificate of barrier non-compliance by date specified – up to $1,849.20.
  • Failure to comply with barrier improvement notice by date specified – up to $1,849.20.

 

Can a boundary fence form part of a pool barrier?

For swimming pool or spa that was constructed before 8 April 1991, a paling or imperforate fence complies with the relevant requirements if it is at least 1·5 m in height measured above the ground level on the approach side.

Otherwise, a boundary fence can form part of the pool barrier where it has min 1.8m height and non climbable area of not less than 900mm radius down from the top of the inside of the barrier.

 

Can gates swing towards a pool area?

No! Gates shall be installed so that they only swing outwards and away from the pool area.

 

How can we build a fence on a slope or step surface?

The following pictures show you how to comply with the pool barrier requirements on a slope or a step surface areas:

 

Are Precision Consultants & Inspections registered pool inspectors?

Yes we are, we actually are a registered building inspector (IN-L 100009).

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