Swimming Pools & Spa Registrations
All swimming pools and spas must have a safety barrier installed to restrict access to the water by children under the age of 5. In addition, a building permit may be required for the installation of the pool, and/or the construction of the barrier fencing.
For more information about the requirements for swimming pools and spas in Victoria, check out the Victorian Building Authority’s website, or the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria.
Registering your swimming pool or spa
As of 1 December 2019, the Victorian Building Authority has introduced a mandatory requirement that all swimming pools and spas located within Victoria are required to be registered with your applicable Council. This is to ensure that pools and spas are inspected regularly to ensure barriers and gates are compliant to help prevent drowning incidents in backyard pools or spas. All pools or spas must be registered by 1 November 2020. (Due date has been extended by the Victorian State Government from the initial date of 1 June 2020).
To get your pool registered, you will need to do the following:
1. Submit an application to register your spa or pool:
2. If possible, you will need to provide a copy of the building permit issued for the construction of the pool to determine the year of construction and the applicable barrier standard.
3. Pay invoice sent to you once application submitted for $32.90 (registration fee) and $48.80 (records search fee - only applicable if a copy of the building permit cannot be submitted).
For more information, please visit the VBA website.
Online info sessions from 10 and 17 March 2021
Hindmarsh Shire Council hosted online information sessions to explain the requirements for pool and spa owners.
The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to improve safety around swimming pools and spas. Under these laws, owners are required to register their pool or spa with Council and obtain a ‘Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance’ for the safety of pool or spa barriers every four years.
The laws apply to swimming pools and spas that can hold more than 300mm (30cm) of water, which can include:
- permanent pools, either above or below ground,
- indoor pools,
- hot tubs, and
- some types of relocatable pools.
Session 1: 10 March 2021 - 7 - 7:45 pm
Session 2: 17 March 2021 - 7 - 7:45 pm
Register Swimming Pool Hard Copy Form(PDF, 25KB)