Time to Check your Pool Compliance

Time to Check your Pool Compliance

Is your pool compliant?

With Christmas fast approaching if you have a swimming pool, now is an ideal time to check that your pool is compliant with regulations for pool gates and fences.

The state-wide laws are enforced by local councils, including Logan City Council, which is responsible for inspecting and issuing fines for breaches of the regulations.

The regulations apply to owners and tenants and apply to all swimming pools or spas with depths of more than 30cm of water. They include portable and inflatable swimming pools as well as children’s wading pools. It does not include dams, ponds or things like bird baths or fountains.

The things to look for are:

  • Your fence must be at least 1.2m high
  • The fence doesn’t leave a gap of more than 10cm from the ground level to the bottom of the fence. You should be aware of changing ground levels or items like garden bed edges that may reduce this height.
  • The fence cannot have gaps more than 10cm between vertical bars or sections of the fence.
  • The gate or access to the pool must be self-closing and self-latching, with the latch at least 1.5m from ground level.
  • It is illegal for the gate to be propped open or tied back.
  • The gate must open and swing away from the pool.
  • Objects that can be used to assist climbing the fence, such as furniture, plants and trees must be moved well away from both sides of the fence.
  • House windows that open onto the pool cannot open more than 10cm (security screens can be permanently fixed to window frames to ensure compliance).
  • A ‘How to perform CPR’ sign MUST be displayed.

 

If non-compliance is verified, fines can be issued against the pool owner or tenant. Individuals can be handed an on-the-spot fine of more than $800 and companies can be fined more than $2,356. Courts can issue fines of almost $20,000 for serious breaches.

Is your pool registered?

Pools must also be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (this can be done online and is free). There are significant additional fines for failing to register a pool or spa.

The fencing and gate standards do seem onerous, but they do save lives. Full details about fencing and pool owner’s and tenants’ responsibilities and published online at: www.logan.qld.gov.au/pools

An online compliance checklist is published at: www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/pool-checklist

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