Pools and Spas

Pools and Spas

Council sees the issue of pool safety as extremely important.

Please get advice from one of our Building Department staff before you proceed with any pool or spa proposal.

Application and Checklist

Fees and charges

Building permit fees are to be paid upon lodgement of your building permit application.

Please contact the Building Department for advice on the building permit fees.
Building Department
Phone: (03) 5036 2396

Swimming pools and spas and safety fencing requirements

Building permits are required for all swimming pools and spas that have a depth of more than 300mm. They must also have safety barriers that comply with AS1926 – 2012.

All new swimming pools require four-sided pool fencing. The use of doors in a dwelling as part of the safety barrier is not allowed.
Under the Building Regulations 2006, all pools and spas, regardless of when they were built, must be fitted with a safety barrier complying with AS1926.

If you have an existing pool or spa that does not have a safety barrier, you must get a barrier installed. A building permit is required prior to installing the safety barrier.

Major financial penalties may apply to property owners who do not comply with this requirement.

Building Inspections

Inspections are an important and mandatory part of the permit process.

The following compulsory inspections are required for all new building work:

  • Before placing steel reinforcement for concrete pools
  • Final inspection on completion of all building work (completion of pool installation, drainage, filtration and safety barriers).
Arrange a building inspections by contacting our building department during office hours. Please quote your building permit number. A minimum of 24 hours notice is needed.
Building Department
Phone: (03) 5036 2396