swimming pools

Revised rules on swimming pools

As we turn our eyes from the weather report to the window, it’s likely that one of the last things on your mind right now is a backyard swimming pool.

However, if you are the owner of a swimming pool or backyard spa, whether in your own home or a rental property, there are a couple of key dates coming up that you need to be aware of.

As some of our readers may recall, we posted an update about THE RULES GOVERNING SWIMMING POOLS back in March this year. What you need to be aware of is that the deadlines for property owners to meet these rules has been moved due to the impact of Covid-19, but they will still come into effect soon and need to be addressed in order to avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

All owners of swimming pools and spas are now required to register with their local council by November 1st, 2020, (not June 1st as previously announced).

Following the registration process, all pools and spas will need to be inspected by a Registered Building Surveyor or Registered Pool Inspector, and have a Certificate of Compliance issued under the following timelines:

  • For pools and spas constructed prior to June 30th, 1994; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2021.
  • For pools and spas constructed between July 1st, 1994 and May 1st, 2010; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2022.
  • For pools and spas constructed after May 1st, 2010; certification must be completed before November 1st, 2023.

The word coming through from some of the Pool Inspectors we have spoken to suggests that almost every 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, we would suggest that you find a Pool Inspector who will undertake a ‘pre-compliance consultation’ before asking for a formal inspection, as once a formal inspection has been undertaken, there are strict time limits enforced on how quickly any issues are rectified.

If you’d like more information on the new regulations, you can go straight to the Victorian Building Authority website.

As we have said in the past, the task of selling a property in today’s increasingly complex legal environment is not a task that should be undertaken without experienced, independent advice, (whether you own a pool or not). That’s why having the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates can be so beneficial.

And if it’s experienced advice you want, be sure to download our free booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, while you’re here.