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Pool registration & compliance
Registration
The Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires pool owners to register their pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. All pool owners must register their pool by no later than 19 November 2013, after the Minister extended the October deadline. There is a penalty for any pool owner who fails to register their pool by the new November deadline ($2,200).

Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, a ‘swimming pool’ is any excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more and is used or designed for the purposes of swimming, wading or paddling. Blow-up pools and spas may therefore be subject to the pool registration requirements.

When you register your pool you will be required to indicate that, to the best of your knowledge, the swimming pool complies with the applicable safety standards.

Inspections
Changes have occurred to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, which require Council’s to audit swimming pools to verify that they:


The audit program is being implemented progressively on the basis of development type and will require NSW councils to inspect pools at least once every three years. Where an occupation certificate or certificate of compliance has authorised the swimming pool, your pool won't need to be inspected until three years from the date of issue of the respective certificate.
 
To apply for a compliance certificate, lodge an application for swimming pool certificate of compliance form with Council.

The following timetable applies to implementation of the program:

  • 29 October 2013 - Audit program implemented for private backyard swimming pools;
  • 29 April 2015 - Audit program implemented for swimming pools associated with tourist, visitor accommodation and multi-unit developments;
  • 29 April 2015 - Occupation certificates and certificates of compliance for swimming pools are to be attached to relevant contracts of sale and lease agreements for property, where those certificates are less than three years old.

Unauthorised swimming pools
Owners of unauthorised swimming pools are encouraged to contact Council as soon as possible to discuss the appropriate course of action in each case. All swimming pools whether authorised or not must be registered. Substantial penalties may be imposed for installing a swimming pool without consent. The latest changes to the swimming pool laws increase the likelihood of these cases coming to Council’s attention.

The role of accredited certifiers
Private accredited certifiers may issue compliance certificates under the new laws or undertake inspection of swimming pools at the discretion of the owner. Pool owners, however, have the choice of using Council or an accredited certifier to undertake the relevant inspection and issue of the certificate. Accredited certifiers are required to notify Council of any swimming pool that does not satisfy the minimum safety standards.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290