It is compulsory for all pools to be registered. Registering your pool is free.
You can self register your pool online at the NSW Pool Register. You can also access the site's self assessment checklists to assist with safety questions at the time of registration. Council's safety requirements section can also assist.
A pool certificate of compliance cannot be issued to an unregistered pool.
Non registration of your pool can result in a fine of $220.
Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection
Under the swimming pool legislation pool barrier inspection can be requested either from your local Council or a private swimming pool inspector. NSW Fair Trading registers professionals to inspect and certify private swimming pools under NSW swimming pool laws. Registered swimming pool inspectors (certifiers) Find a pool barrier Certifier - https://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/inspection
Required Council Inspection
Once Council has been notified of a non-compliant pool barrier it is the role and responsibility of the Council, as the Regulatory Authority, to inspect the pool barrier and issue Notices to achieve compliance as per the NSW legislation. Owners can contact Council via the inspection form for inspection of the pool barrier.
New Owners - Where the pool is recorded as – not a significant risk – the new Owner has 90 days from settlement to achieve compliance. Outside this new owner timeframe Council as the Regulatory Authority is to inspect the pool barrier and issue Notices to achieve compliance as per the NSW legislation. New Owners can contact Council via the inspection form for inspection of the pool barrier . This 90 days does not apply to existing property owners.
Where Council has issued a Notice or Order under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, irrespective of the barrier being inspected by a private Certifier, Council is to carry out a reinspection of the swimming pool to finalise the section 23 action recorded against the property.
Council Inspection form - Pool Inspection and Certificate of Compliance Application
Council Pool Barrier Inspection Requests
Due to resources available, no urgent inspection requests are able to be accepted as urgent. Inspections will be scheduled based on the next available inspection date. Currently this is approx. 14 days from receipt of the inspection request and fee payment. Where urgent inspections are required, there is the option to engage a Registered Swimming Pool Inspector to carry out a pool barrier inspection.
Council pool inspection program
Under the Swimming Pool Act council is required to have a local pool inspection program. We have developed a program and are currently implementing it. Due to high volume of pools in the Shire, inspections will take place in a staged approach.
We initiate inspections and owners will be required to pay an inspection fee. Once the pool is found to be compliant we will issue a pool certificate of compliance (included in inspection fee costs).
Stage 1 - high risk pools
These pool types will be inspected every 3 years:
- Tourist, visitor and multi occupancy developments (such as hotels, caravan parks, residential unit blocks).
- Pools in high risk locations such as childcare or family day care premises.
- Pools on properties being sold or tenanted where the owner has requested a certificate of compliance.
- Pools that are newly leased or rented that do not have a current certificate of compliance.
Stage 2 - residential pools
These pool types will be inspected every 5 years, and in the following order of priority:
- Pools that have been identified as having non compliant barriers.
- Pools that have not been inspected for 10 years or more.
- Pools where there has been a change of ownership and no pool inspection has been carried out.
- Pools that have an exemption under section 22 of the Swimming Pools Act that is more than 5 years old.
- All other pools.
Pool Inspection Program
Pool Inspection and Certificate of Compliance