Legal obligations when selling a house with a swimming pool or spa pool
Pools built before 1 July 1993
If you are selling your property with a swimming pool or spa pool, you are responsible for making sure that current safety requirements for swimming pool safety are met. This may mean you have to upgrade fencing or barriers.
Pools built on or after 1 July 1993
Swimming pools or spa pools built on or after 1 July 1993 must comply with the rules that were current when the application for when construction was submitted. This includes the provisions of the Development Act 1993 and the Building Code of Australia to restrict access to the pool from the house, garage, street and any adjoining properties.
To have your pool safety requirements checked please contact Pool Compliance Plus for a full report and a “Letter of Compliance” on meeting the safety standards required for the year that the pool was built.
Quick self-help checklist
Gate latch 1500mm high from the ground on outside of fence
Latch(s) self closing, from any position (ie sitting on the latch)
Gate/door opens away from pool
Gate closes from any position (from sitting on latch)
Pool fence min 1200mm high
All non climb zones in place in 900mm min.
No climbable objects within 300mm inside pool fence
Boundary fence 1800mm high with non climb zone of 900mm on inside of fence from top down.
No gaps greater than 100mm, between bars or under fence.
Windows opening onto pool open max 100mm
Please note this is a guide to help save you time and money on the most common things found wrong with pool fence checks.