What is the NSW legislation for Pool Inspections?

What is the NSW legislation for Pool Inspections?

Homeowners are responsible for ensuring their pool is inspected and compliant with NSW  Pool Safety Legislation. This article provides an overview of the legislation and what  homeowners need to do to ensure their pool is safe.

Introduction to NSW Pool Inspection Legislation

If you are a homeowner with a swimming pool, it’s important to be aware of the NSW  legislation for pool inspections. Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 New South Wales, all  owners of swimming pools and spa pools must ensure their pool is inspected by a qualified  inspector at least once every three years. Owners who do not comply may face penalties,  including fines and prison sentences.  

So if you’re wondering what’s involved in a NSW pool inspection, keep reading. We’ll outline  the requirements of the act and explain how you can find a qualified inspector.

How often do you need to have your pool inspected

It is important for NSW homeowners with swimming pools to know how often they need to  have them inspected.Pool inspection frequency varies depending on the type of pool, the  municipality it is located in, and whether or not the pool is public or private. In general,  however, most NSW pools will require an inspection at least once every three years. 

“… inspect pools associated with moveable dwellings, tourist and visitor accommodation at  three-year intervals.”- 

Homeowners who fail to have their pool inspected when required can face hefty fines.

Who can inspect a pool in Wollongong?

Only a licensed certifier (swimming-pool inspector lic, no bdc2542) with the relevant  qualifications and licensing requirements will be able to undertake an inspection.  

The Council may also carry out inspections so don’t hesitate taking advantage of this service  if it’s available where you live – just call into any local council offices or click here  for more  information on how we work together.

What are the main reasons for a pool failing a compliance  inspection in NSW?

If you’re a homeowner in NSW, it’s important to be aware of the main reasons why your pool  might fail a compliance inspection. By understanding what these issues are, you’ll be in a  better position to ensure that your pool passes inspection every time.  

  • The presence of climbable objects close to a fence can make it difficult for  compliance with pool regulations. These include trees, plant pots and BBQs as well  clotheslines.
  • The pool sign is not only ill-placed, but also unreadable for most people. 
  • The distance below the bottom of your pool to ground level, as well as its vertical  elements, is more than 100mm  
  • The pool fence height is less than 1200mm  
  • The gate hinges or latches do not meet the local code. 

With all this information, it is advised to contact an expert pool safety inspection certifier. The  person can help you acquire the appropriate certificate needed as well and guide you through your  process so that everything goes smoothly and without incident.

What to do if your pool fails an inspection

The compliance inspection is an important step in the maintenance and upkeep of your  swimming pool. If it fails, we will provide you with a detailed report listing all non-compliant  items as well as photographs so that these can be addressed immediately – or potentially  before someone else finds out about them. 

So, if you’re the proud owner of a swimming pool, it’s important to keep in mind that safety  should be your number one priority. That means getting a compliance certificate for your  pool and ensuring that it meets all the necessary requirements. If you’re not sure where to  start or need help throughout the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll be  more than happy to assist you in getting your pool up to code and keeping your loved ones  safe all year long.

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