Pool Safety Certificates
Pool Safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, home-stay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia). Different rules apply depending on whether you are buying, selling, or renting a property with a pool. Pools in commercial properties including residential complexes are classed as shared pools and residential swimming pools are classed as non-shared pools.
Pool Safety Laws
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is responsible for pool safety including licensing of inspectors, compliance of pool fencing, and issuing of Pool Safety Certificates Form 23.
ASBIR are Building Inspectors and Pool Safety Inspectors
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports “ASBIR” are QBCC licensed to perform building and pest inspections and pool safety inspections. When buying a new home with a pool we can inspect the pool fencing for compliance when we conduct your Building & Pest Inspection. Having an inspector who can do both inspections for you will save you time and money!
Pool Safety Register
All pools (and spas) in Queensland must be fully fenced with an approved safety barrier.
All pools must be registered on the pool safety register. The pool safety register has a record of pools in Queensland, as well as all pool safety certificates issued. The register also lists all licensed pool safety inspectors in Queensland.
It is important to ensure your pool is registered because if it isn’t you can be fined up to $2,000.
You can go into the pool safety register to check if your pool is already registered and if not you can register your pool online.
Or you can obtain more information from the QBCC by calling 139 333.
All pools MUST comply with the Pool Safety Standard
Queensland’s pool safety laws which apply to all pools were introduced back in in 2009. This was put in place to minimize the number of drowning accidents of young children.
30 November 2015 was the deadline for every pool in Queensland to have a complying pool fence.
Pool Safety Certificates are required when selling or leasing your property with a pool.
Pool safety certificates can only be obtained through a licensed Pool Safety Inspector.
Even where there is a current Pool Safety Certificate or Form 23 when buying a property it is a wise idea to still have the pool fence
inspected, because even though the pool fence may have complied on 30 November 2015 doesn’t mean it will stay in good repair.
There are so many things that can happen over time, like weather conditions or accidents that can make compromise the pool safety barrier and can make a pool non-compliant. So it’s always better to be safety conscious, particulary when it comes to children!
Let ASBIR Give You Peace of Mind
Regulated and Advisory Pool Safety Inspections by ASBIR
- Pool Safety (regulated) inspections If you are selling your property you will need a Pool Safety Certificate Form 23 prior to settlement. If you are leasing your property you will require Pool Safety Inspection and a Pool Safety Certificate Form 23 before your tenants move into the property. Pool safety certificates need to be renewed annually for shared pools.
- Pool Safety (advisory) Inspections prior to purchase are an important if you are buying a property with a pool, so you can find out whether the pool fence complies or not. Even where there is a pool safety certificate in place the pool fence can often be non-compliant. We can inspect the pool fence at the time of your Building & Pest Inspection to advise on any issues with the pool fence and let you know if the pool still complies, and if it doesn’t what needs to be done to make the pool comply. This will allow you the opportunity to find out what rectification is necessary and how much it’s going to cost you, before you make a decision to purchase. If you know of any problems before the contract goes unconditional it can help you negotiate with the sellers as to who will carry out the repairs or if they are prepared to adjust the sale price.
Guidelines for Pool Owners and Property Agents.
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