Update on pool rules: more time to comply with new requirements

April 28, 2014
Melanie O'Connell

Pool owners have more time to ensure their swimming pools are compliant. The Division of Local Government (DLG) has delayed the commencement of new requirements by one year to 29 April 2015.

From this time, new residential tenancy agreements cannot be entered into for NSW properties with a swimming pool or spa pool unless they have a valid Certificate of Compliance or relevant occupation certificate. To sell any property with a swimming pool or spa pool, a copy of the valid Certificate of Compliance or relevant occupation certificate must be attached to the sale contract.

All owners with a swimming pool or spa pool must have registered it on the NSW Government's swimming pool register. Registration is free and will provide updates on pool safety messages and inspection requirements.

These requirements also apply to common property pools and spas, such as those in strata and community title schemes or residential parks. It is the responsibility of the owner, owners corporation, manager or operator of the common property to ensure that the pool complies with pool safety laws.

The DLG is responsible for the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012. For details visit the Swimming pool register, or contact your local council.

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