The Queensland Government has introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. The new pool laws were introduced on December 1st 2015.
Under the new laws, you need to:
- Have a compliant pool and barrier fence. Find out what it means to comply here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/overview
- Register your pool with the QBCC at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/registering-your-pool
Under new Queensland Government rules, from 1 December 2010, property owners must have a pool safety certificate in place when selling or leasing a property with a pool. http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/PoolSafety/Pages/default.aspx
Details about pool fencing minimum height, strength, mandatory non-climbable zones and gates are available on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website
Pool Compliance Inspections
Council's licensed pool safety inspectors carry out pool safety inspections, issue pool safety certificates and forward certificates to the state government for inclusion on their register.
Fees are as follows:
- Pool Fence Safety Inspection and Pool Fence Safety Certificate $410
- Pool Fence Safety Re-inspection $0 - included in fee above
- Pool Fence Inspection $295
Please note: Council requires payment prior to the pool fence inspection being carried out.
To arrange for an inspection and pool safety certificate, contact council's Building and Plumbing department on (07) 4620 8844.