New rules to improve pool safety

Read about important changes to State Government regulations for swimming pools.

City Limits Magazine Issue 45 April 2014 Front Cover

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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After the hot summer many people will be thinking about installing a swimming pool over the coming months.

This article contains important information about changes to the State Government’s Development Regulations to improve safety for anyone planning to build a pool.

Changes to Development (Swimming Pool Safety) Variation Regulations 2013 were introduced at the start of the year and will see councils inspect new domestic pools to ensure permanent safety fences and barriers have been correctly installed.

A compliant temporary swimming pool safety barrier is permitted for a maximum of two months from when the pool is filled with water, after which the permanent barrier must be installed.

The Variation Regulations introduce an inspection fee of $170 which is payable to council when a Development Application is lodged. This also applies to alterations or additions to a swimming pool or spa, safety barriers and fences.

The changes also require the pool owner or builder to notify council when:

The pool has been completed, and before it is filled with waterThe pool safety fence or barrier has been completedAny other building work relating to pool safety has been completed.

Councils may expiate owners or builders with a $210 fine for failing to comply with notification requirements.

Details of building work involving a swimming pool or spa pool, or associated safety fence or barrier, must now accompany the application for Building Rules Consent.

The South Australian Government is currently working on further proposals for:

  • Regular inspections of swimming pools
  • Registration of swimming pools
  • Existing swimming pool safety barriers to be upgraded to comply with current standards within either five years or at change of property owner or tenant
  • Mandatory warning notices/CPR signs to be displayed near swimming pools

In line with the Variation Regulations, the City of Marion has developed a swimming pool inspection policy which aims to ensure:

  • At least 80 per cent of swimming pools constructed over the course of a year are inspected within two weeks of council being notified of the completion of the pool, or at the completion of the of the permanent safety barrier
  • The remaining 20 per cent of swimming pools are inspected within two months of construction being completed

Further information about Development (Swimming Pool Safety) Variation Regulations is on the Government of South Australia website.

Alternatively, call City of Marion’s Development Services on 8375 6685.

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