Time to Check your Pool Compliance
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.
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.
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