A swimming pool on your property or backyard can provide a great source of fun and relaxation, however can also cause danger. It's important to be aware of the relevant guidelines and requirements with regard to swimming pools.
All swimming pools, including inflatable pools and spas, that are capable of holding 300mm of water or more are required to adhere to the Swimming Pools Act 1992. When installing a swimming pool you may need to submit either a Development or Complying Development Application before construction of the pool can commence.
In line with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012, Council is required to be notified of and keep a register of all private swimming pools in the local government area.
When installing a swimming pool you may need to submit either a Development or Complying Development Application.
To submit a Complying Development Application, the intended structure must meet the following criteria:
To find out more about the process, visit Development Applications or the NSW Planning Portal.
Council is required to be notified of and keep a register of all private swimming pools in the local government area. Complete the online form to register your pool.
Public Swimming Pool/Spa Notification Form
Alternatively, visit one of our Customer Service Centres and we'll help you complete the form.
When submitting an application for the installation of a new swimming pool, if the pool will have a capacity of 40,000L or more you will need to submit a BASIX Certificate with your application. This certificate relates to energy and water efficiency and can be obtained online at www.basix.nsw.gov.au.
If you live on a property that already has a swimming pool and you are unsure as to whether the pool has approval, you can find out by contacting Council.
If the pool does not meet approval requirements you can apply for a Certificate of Compliance(PDF, 223KB) .
In line with the act, Council may also conduct inspections of private swimming pools for the reasons listed below to ensure safety and compliance:
Please note: Fees and charges apply for inspections.
Private swimming pools must meet certain requirements with regard to signage, fencing, and gates to ensure safety.
A warning sign (that can be purchased from your local hardware or swimming pool supplier) is required to be visible in the immediate vicinity of the swimming pool, outlining Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and showing the following statements:
The fence (or child-restraint barrier) must be a permanent structure and a child-restraint barrier that meets Australian Standard 1926.1 - 2012 Swimming Pool Safety-Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools is required to surround the pool, separating it from any residential building either on the premises itself or from any place adjoining the premises.
The child resistant barrier must meet the following guidelines:
Pool gates should meet the following requirements:
Register Your Pool
NSW Planning Portal
Certificate of Compliance(PDF, 223KB)