Less Than a Year Before The New QLD Pool Fencing Laws Affect Us All
If you live in Queensland and have a swimming pool chances are you are aware of the new pool safety legislation that was introduced in 2009 that affect all pool owners in Queensland. What most people don’t realise is that this law not only affects new pools being built, but owners of existing pools as well.
Queensland Government gave owners of existing swimming pools a few years to get their act together, but the November 30, 2015 deadline is fast approaching and anyone whose pool fencing and pool safety is not up to regulation will be facing fines of up to $10,000.
What This Means for Existing Pool Owners
- When buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool a pool safety certificate issued by a licensed pool safety inspector is required.
- There is now one set of blanket laws that cover both indoor and outdoor pools in houses, hotels, units, backpackers, caravan parks, motels and other forms of short term accommodation, replacing the old 11 different legislation.
- All Pools were required to be listed with the state based pool safety register as of November 2011
- All swimming pools must have mandatory fences surrounding them, this includes any temporary pool or spas with water deeper than 300mm
What This Means for People Building New Pools
- All new pools require a building development Approval
- Mandatory follow-up inspections must be undertaken if the final inspection has not been done. The Mandatory follow-up inspections must be completed within 6 months of completion for new pools or within two years if the approval was granted for construction of a new pool with a new building.
- Compliant temporary fences are permitted for a maximum period of three months during construction, after which time permanent fences are required. Both the temporary and permanent fences will need to be inspected by the building certifier who approved the application.
- With the November, 2015 deadline fast approaching both pool safety inspectors and pool fencing builders are in high demand, it is vital to get inspection and pool fencing upgrades done now so as to insure you meet the standards within the next years to avoid a fine.