How do you register your swimming pool?
Swimming pool owners have until the 29th of October 2013 to register their swimming pool, or a minimum fine of $220 (maximum $2,200) may be imposed. Swimming pool owners may do this by providing the required information to the local Council, or by submitting the information onto the register themselves. (See link below)
The information required to be entered onto the register is:
- The address of the property
- They type of swimming pool, e.g in-ground or above-ground, indoor or outdoor, or a spa pool; and
- The type of property, e.g residential, tourist and visitor accommodation, or premises on which more than 2 dwellings are located.
What does this mean for current pool owners?
If you own a swimming pool, you should register your swimming pool by the 29th of October 2013 and ensure that the swimming pool complies with the requirements of the Act. You can contact your local Council or an accredited certifier to inspect the swimming pool and issue a certificate of compliance under the Act. The maximum fee the council can charge for a first inspection is $150. To see if your pool complies, you can download an inspection checklist. (See link below)
What if you are purchasing a property with a swimming pool?
If you are purchasing a property with a swimming pool you should search the register to check if the swimming pool is registered. If it is not, you are required to register it by 29th of October 2013.
Swimming Pool Inspections by council
Swimming pool owners are also required to ensure that their swimming pools comply with the requirements of the Act, which primarily relate to fencing and signage. Local councils are now required to implement programs for inspecting swimming pools, aimed at cracking down on non-compliance. Local councils are require to implement inspection programs by the 29th of October 2013. Penalties apply for a non-compliant swimming pool.
When can your swimming pool be inspected?
Your pool can generally be inspected in the following circumstances:
- when the inspection is compulsory because of the property type (ie multi-occupancy or tourist and visitor accommodation).
- as part of a council’s locally adopted inspection program.
- before your property can be sold or leased (Note: this only applies from 29 April 2014).
- at your request.
A council officer will contact you and make an appointment to inspect your pool if you are subject to either 1 or 2 above.
You will need to engage a private pool certifier or your local council if you require a pool compliance certificate for either 3 or 4 above.
Swimming Pool Register http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/
Download your Pool Checklist http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/checklists
Frequently Asked Questions http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/inspection