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Changes to pool legislation

Published: 4 February 2020

Cardinia Shire residents who own a pool or spa must register their facilities under new changes to Victorian Government legislation.

The state government legislation came into effect on 1 December 2019, and requires owners of pools or spas that can hold a depth of more than 300 millimetres to register it with Council by Monday 1 June 2020. Residents will also be required to have the pool safety barrier inspected by a building/pool inspector every four years.

How to register

  1. Register a pool or outdoor spa using the online form. In the form, residents will need to provide the estimated date that the pool or spa was constructed, which will be reviewed by Council. 
     
  2. Once Council receives the registration form, residents will receive a confirmation email. Council will then investigate and provide residents with the most accurate data available regarding when the pool or spa was built. This will help residents estimate when the certificate of compliance for a pool or spa will need to be submitted.

After registration

  1. Hire a Victorian registered building inspector or pool safety inspector to carry out an inspection of the pool/spa. Council does not offer this service. Residents will need to allow enough time for the inspector to meet the lodgment date. These dates can be found on Council’s website. It is recommended residents get quotes for the inspection about three months before the required lodgment date. 
     
  2. If the barrier meets legal safety requirements: The inspector will submit a certificate of compliance for the pool or spa to Council. This certificate needs to be lodged within 30 days of the date on the certificate.

    If it does not meet the 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.

All pools and spas in the shire need to be registered by 1 June 2020.

For more information, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/poolsparegistration or call 1300 787 624.