Swimming Pools and Spas

Do I need a safety barrier?

Permanent safety barriers are required for all permanent or relocatable pools and spas capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm, including:

  • in-ground swimming pools
  • hot tubs and Jacuzzis
  • indoor swimming pools
  • above-ground swimming pools
  • spas
  • inflatable and relocatable pools

Note: A lockable lid is not a compliant safety barrier.

Do I need a building permit to install a safety barrier?

A building permit is required to install or alter a swimming pool and spa safety barrier. For more information on, see Building Permits.

How can I check if my safety barrier is compliant?

You can engage a private building surveyor to do an inspection of the existing permanent safety barrier and provide a report on the level of compliance achieved.

Regulations that apply to permanent safety barriers for existing pools and spas can vary depending on the year the pool or spa was built.

For information on the regulations that apply to swimming pools or spas built prior to 8 April 1991, see Swimming Pools and Spas Prior to 1991(PDF, 256KB).

For information on the regulations that apply to swimming pools or spas built after 8 April 1991 and before 1 May 2010, see Swimming Pools and Spas(PDF, 482KB).

For information on current swimming pool and spa safety barrier requirements, see the Victorian Building Authority's practice note Swimming Pool & Spa Safety(PDF, 3MB) .

Safety barrier maintenance

Pool and spa owners have legal obligations to maintain their safety barriers at all times. Non-compliance, for any reason, can increase the risk of drowning and lead to prosecution.

For more information on swimming pool and spa safety barriers, see the Victorian Building Authority's information on swimming pools.