Decks, swimming pools and spas

Find out about important planning regulations that will help you if you're thinking of installing a deck, swimming pool or spa.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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With summer here, many people turn their thoughts to the benefits of cooling off in their own swimming pool. This article provides information that will help anyone looking to build a pool, deck or spa.

Most swimming pools require approval, while spa pools require approval if their capacity exceeds 680 litres. Most decking constructed around above ground pools or spas also requires approval.

If a deck is higher than 500 millimetres above natural ground level, or located closer than 900 millimetres to a boundary of your property, council approval is required before it can be constructed.

If you are thinking of installing a new swimming pool or spa and decking which exceeds these conditions, details of the decking should be included in your swimming pool application to council.

The table below outlines some regulations about exemptions.

Exemptions for pools decks and spas City Limits December 2014 

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - DM poolWhen council assesses applications for decking, consideration is given to the extent of the view into neighbouring properties to ensure a reasonable level of privacy is maintained.

Council will also assess the structural adequacy of the deck and ensure that the stair and balustrade designs meet the Building Code of Australia. 

It is important that decks are designed to be safe as they must be able to withstand the weight of people, outdoor furniture and barbecues.

They must also be designed to prevent people accidentally falling from the deck (or stairs) and should be weather resistant.

For more information regarding pools and decking, contact the City of Marion’s Development Services on 8375 6685. 


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