Compulsory registration of private pools and spas in Victoria
If you own a pool or spa that can hold a depth of more than 300 millimetres, please note that Victorian Government regulations will be in force from 1 December 2019 that require you to do the following:
1. Register any of the following with your local council:
- relocatable pool
- temporary pool.
Use the online form on this page for registration and payment.
2. Engage a registered building or pool inspector to do an initial inspection of the safety barrier, and then book an inspection for every 4 years after that.
When you need to register your pool or spa
Pools and spas will need to be registered with us between 1 December 2019 and 1 June 2020.
Do I need to register a temporary pool/spa?
If the temporary pool or spa is more than 300 millimetres in depth and will be erected for more than 2 days, it needs to be registered.
How to register
- Register your pool or outdoor spa using the online form. In the form, you'll need to provide the estimated date that the pool or spa was constructed, which will be reviewed by Council.
- Once we receive your registration form, we will email you to let you know it has been received. We will then investigate and provide you with the most accurate data we can regarding when your pool or spa was built. This will help you estimate when the certificate of compliance for your pool or spa will need to be submitted to us (see table below).
- Hire a Victorian registered building inspector or pool safety inspector to carry out an inspection of your pool/spa. (Council does not offer this service). You will need to allow enough time for the inspector to meet the lodgment date (see table below) - it is recommended you get quotes for the inspection about 3 months before your required lodgement date.
If the barrier meets legal safety requirements
The inspector will submit a certificate of compliance for your pool or spa to Council. This certificate needs to be lodged within 30 days of the date on the certificate. (If you are lodging the certificate yourself, a form is available on this page for you to do this).
If the barrier does NOT meet legal safety requirements
- A certificate of non-compliance will be issued immediately for any major breaches found, or within 60 days for any minor breaches found and not rectified.
- Please engage a qualified pool safety barrier installer to do the required repairs or alterations.
- Once the works are done, book for the safety barrier to be re-inspected by a Victorian registered building inspector or pool safety inspector.
- Once the barrier meets requirements, the inspector will submit a certificate of compliance for your pool or spa to Council.
Proposed certificate of compliance lodgement dates for pools and spas (according to when they were built)
Date the pool or spa was built
Date that the certificate of compliance will need to be submitted to Council by the building inspector/pool inspector
Pool/spa built on or before 30 June 1994
|1 June 2021|
Pool/spa built from 1 July 1994 and before 1 May 2010
|1 June 2022|
Pool/spa built from 1 May 2010 and before 1 June 2020
1 June 2023
Pool/spa construction completed from 1 June 2020
Within 30 days of the issue of an occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection relating to the pool/spa.
- Registration and data search fee: $79 (for pools built before 1 June 2020)
- Certificate of compliance lodgement: $20.40
- Non-compliance lodgement: $385 (this is the fee you will need to pay if your pool/spa is inspected and the safety barrier does not meet legal requirements).
What happens if I don’t register my pool or spa?
You will be subject to fines/penalties.
When do I need to have my pool and spa inspected again?
4 years after the date on the initial (first) certificate of compliance, or in accordance with written advice from Council to the owner.