Does your home or investment property have a pool? All swimming pools in NSW must be registered by 29 October 2013

If you own a NSW property with a swimming pool, you need to be across the latest amendments to the Swimming Pools Act 1992. Owners of properties with a swimming pool must register their pools online by 29 October 2013.

The definition of swimming pool is very broad, and would include a spa pool, and even an above ground portable pool. This raises compliance issues for landlords because a tenant could install a potable pool on his or her property without the landlord’s knowledge.

Registering your swimming pool is free and simple. The process requires you to provide a few details (name, address, contact details, type of pool, and approximate age of pool) and then complete a self-assessment of your swimming pool’s compliance with the supplied checklist. The register is already live at: Those who have not registered their swimming pool after 29 October face a potential $220 fine.

After 29 April 2014, if you are selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool, you must provide a valid compliance certificate for the swimming pool with the lease or sale agreement.  A multi-occupancy dwelling automatically requires a compliance certificate. The legislation also outlines requirements for councils, including organising a pool barrier inspection program by 29 October 2013, and issuing compliance certificates valid for three years after an inspection of a compliant pool.

We are yet to see details of a Council’s inspection or certification program. However, we expect that the certification process will need to be relatively efficient in order to meet the requirements of the leasing and sale process. The legislation also allows for private certification, which should ensure that certification can quickly be obtained if necessary.


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0 comments on “Does your home or investment property have a pool? All swimming pools in NSW must be registered by 29 October 2013

  1. We don’t have a pool but it would have been nice to have one. I would want to build an in ground pool but i guess it can be quite expensive. An above ground pool would do, i heard it’s more affordable and easier to install. Do i also have to register?

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