Before commencing any building works for your new pool or spa, you need to obtain a building permit for the pool/spa and safety barrier.
Will your child and your neighbours' children be safe while your pool is under construction? The builder is required under occupational safety and health laws to ensure that a suitable barrier is in place while the pool is under construction in order to manage a range of site hazards.
For information on keeping children safe while a pool is under construction you can visit Commerce WA's website.
Once your pool or spa is installed, you must notify us to organise an inspection of the barrier or fence that encloses it. Please note that a fee of $135 will be charged for this inspection which is in addition to the Building Permit application fee.
Please contact us on 9528 0333 to discuss your proposed swimming pool and safety barrier requirements for your building permit submission, or refer to building permits and applications for the application form.
Remember propped open pool gates and faulty latches are a leading cause of drowning deaths in young children. Commerce WA has published a useful information sheet to ensure you keep your children safe around pools.
Rules for portable pools and spas
By law, swimming and spa pools containing water more than 30cm deep must have effective safety barriers that restrict access by young children. This includes portable pools.
Young children can drown in portable pools and spas in a matter of seconds if left unsupervised.
The Building Commission has a useful fact sheet and a portable pools and spas booklet to help you understand the rules.
Pool fence inspections
All swimming pools and spas which contain water that is more than 30cm deep need to be inspected to ensure that a suitable barrier is provided that restricts access by young children (children under the age of five years). The inspection is to ensure that the barrier meets the minimum requirements of AS1926.1 Barriers are then inspected every four years.
We will contact the property owner to arrange these inspections. Fees associated with these inspections are independent of the building permit application fees.
Our Building Services Compliance Team will visit your property to conduct the inspection and ensure your barrier is compliant. The barrier is to remain in place at all times and penalties apply for non-compliance.
Please note: We have suspended site visits to conduct swimming pool barrier inspections until further notice. We remain committed to contributing to the prevention and reduction of child drowning deaths and therefore, during the suspension period, we will be implementing an alternate swimming pool barrier safety advice program, delivered by telephone and video call. This service will involve a compliance officer conducting a virtual inspection via video call to your mobile telephone, or providing verbal advice where a video call is not possible.
Contact us on 9528 0333 for more information.
To enable the four-yearly barrier inspection regime to be carried out, we have a fixed charge of $176 per property which contains a pool or spa. The inspection fee is independent of the initial building permit application fee. It is charged annually and will appear itemised on your rates notice each year as one quarter of the total charge ($44). The fee is ongoing to ensure the regime is continued.
Additional one-off inspections may be carried out at the request of a property owner for a fee of $135. This fee is separate and independent of the building permit application fee.
Important note: Drowning is preventable. Adult supervision when young children are within the enclosure is essential for child safety. Maintain the barrier at all times. Do not prop the gate open.
Please contact us on 9528 0333 to book an inspection or to seek advice regarding an existing or proposed barrier.