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Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. Pool owners must maintain pool barriers, meet all pool fencing regulations and safety standards and fix damaged fencing or barriers immediately.
From 1 December 2015 only one pool safety standard applies throughout all of Queensland.
All pools, spas and portable pools that can be filled got a depth of 300mm of water, require building approval and must be fenced under Queensland law.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is responsible for pool safety inspector licensing, compliance and disciplinary functions.
In Hinchinbrook Shire if an owner of a premise intends to erect/construct a pool they will be required to lodge a building application for the structure and safety barrier/fence.
For further information on pool safety and barrier/fencing requirements, visit the QBCC website.
All residential pools in Queensland must be register with the QBCC. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
If you intend to sell or lease your property you may be required to obtain a pool safety certificate.
You can sell your property with or without a pool safety certificate. However, if you are not providing a certificate, you must give the buyer a Form 36 – notice of no pool safety certificate prior to entering a contract of sale and send a completed copy of the form to the QBCC before settlement. The buyer must then get a pool safety certificate within 90 days of settlement.
If leasing your home with a private spa or pool, a pool safety certificate must be obtained before entering into the accommodation agreement.
All pool safety certificates for non-shared pools are valid for two (2) years.
For more information on pool safety certificates, visit the QBCC website.