Swimming Pool and Spa Compliance

The Victorian Government introduced new regulations to make swimming pools and spas safer and prevent young children from drowning.

To ensure you have a safe and compliant pool or spa barrier, there are four easy steps.

Step 1.Register your pool or spa

The first step is to register your pool or spa. This was to be completed by 1 November 2020.

Register your pool or spa

After you’ve registered your pool, you will receive a letter from the Shire confirming the next step: getting your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor. The letter will also include details of when your pool or spa was constructed and the due date for lodgement of the compliance certificate.

Step 2.Get your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor

Get your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor. You can view a list of registered building practitioners on the VBA’s Find a practitioner directory.

Step 3.Undertake required works to make the pool or spa barrier compliant 

Undertake required works to make the pool or spa barrier compliant. As outlined by your building practitioner.

The building practitioner will assess compliance against the relevant standard. Standards vary according to the date your pool or spa was constructed. The construction date also determines the date by which the barriers must be inspected and certified.

  • Pools/spas built pre 1994 1 June 2022
  • Pools/spas built up to 2010 1 June 2023
  • Pools/spas built post 2010 1 June 2024

Step 4.Have your pool or spa barrier certified

Once you have received certification from your building practitioner, you need to provide a copy of the certification to the Shire by the relevant date (which is listed on your registration letter from the Shire).

You can do that by lodging a certificate of compliance.

Lodge your certificate of compliance

The fee to lodge the Certificate of Compliance is $21.90.

Step 5.Request a Certificate of Compliance Form 23 - Extension of Time

If the owner of a registered swimming pool/spa is having difficultly arranging an inspection of a safety barrier they are able to apply for an extension of time to the lodgement due date previously nominated by council. If the due date extension application is successful, the extension of time will likely be 60 days so it is important to continue to work towards arranging the appropriate safety barrier inspection as soon as possible.

Request Extension of Time