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Swimming Pool Registration

New laws for pool and spa owners

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. They introduce new registration, inspection and certification requirements for property owners.

As part of the changes, owners are required to register their pool and spa with their local council and have their safety barrier inspected once every four years.

Due to COVID-19, the deadlines for the new laws have been extended until at least 1 November 2020. Please visit the Victorian Building Authority's registration requirements page for more.

The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are can hold more than 300mm (30cm) of water. This includes:

  • permanent pools
  • above ground pools
  • indoor pools
  • hot tubs
  • bathing or wading pools
  • some relocatable pools.

Relocatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly are not subject to the barrier requirements. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.

Please see below FAQs and fact sheets for further information.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Mitchell Shire Council Building Services Team on 03 5734 6200.

Victorian Building Authority pool and spa safety barrier checklists

Pool and spa registration requirements and application form

Inspections and compliance information

This page was last updated on 29 May 2020.