Swimming Pools & Spas
Swimming pool & spa safety barriers
Safety barriers are required for in-ground swimming pools, Jacuzzis, indoor swimming pools, above-ground swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and inflatable pools (capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300 mm).
A lockable lid to a spa does not constitute a compliant safety barrier.
A building permit is also required for the installation or alteration of all swimming pool and spa safety barriers. Having installed the pool barrier, it is necessary to ensure that all parts are well maintained.
Swimming pool and spa safety barrier regulations have changed over time. Depending on when your swimming pool or spa was constructed, different regulations may apply.
For swimming pools or spas built prior to 8 April 1991 please see Swimming Pools and Spas Prior to 1991(PDF, 352KB)
For swimming pools or spas built after 8 April 1991 and before 1 May 2010 please see Swimming Pools and Spas(PDF, 487KB)
For swimming pools or spas built after 1 May 2010 please see http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/21071/PN-05-2014-Swimming-Pool-and-Spa-Safety.pdf
Where to from here?
For more detailed information relating to swimming pools and maintenance of your swimming pool/spa safety barrier please visit http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumer-resources/building/pages/swimming-pools or contact the Shire's Building Team by phone: 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.
Alternatively, you may contact any private building surveyor for further advice.
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