It might seem like an odd topic with the Victorian weather turning decidedly wintery lately, but we wanted to provide a timely reminder for all those homeowners with a swimming pool or spa in the backyard.
You may remember that back in 2019 a set of new regulations were introduced governing the safety of backyard swimming pools and spas. Due to the impact of the pandemic, many of the deadlines for these new regulations were delayed. However, they are still in place and need to be considered if you own a property that has a pool or spa in place.
All owners of swimming pools and spas were required to register with their local council by November 1st, 2020.
The next key task, once you have registered your pool or spa, is to have it inspected by a Registered Building Surveyor or Pool Inspector, and obtain a Certificate of Compliance which is then lodged with your Council under the following timelines:
- For pools and spas constructed prior to June 30th, 1994; certification must be completed before June 1st, 2022.
- For pools and spas constructed between July 1st, 1994 and April 30th, 2010; certification must be completed before June 1st, 2023.
- For pools and spas constructed after May 1st, 2010; certification must be completed before June 1st, 2024.
According to several Building Surveyors and Inspectors we’ve spoken to, almost every swimming pool constructed prior to 1994 that they have inspected has not met the safety requirements on the first visit and has required works in order to be approved.
With this in mind, it might be wise to find a Pool Inspector who will undertake a ‘pre-compliance consultation’ before you ask for a formal inspection, as once a formal inspection has been undertaken, there are strict time limits enforced on how quickly any issues must be rectified.
If you’d like more information on the new regulations, you can go straight to the Victorian Building Authority website.
Of course, if you are considering selling in 2022, ensuring your swimming pool or spa meets the legal requirements is just one of the considerations you may need to consider. That’s why experienced, independent advice is so important, (whether you own a pool or not). So be sure to give the team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates a call on 9430 0000 to you can sell with true peace of mind.
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