Swimming pools and spas

Pool owners have until 30 November to comply with Queensland pool safety standards. Pool owners do NOT need to obtain a new pool safety certificate unless you plan to sell or lease the property with a pool. 

Read more below or watch the video at the bottom of this page for more information on your obligations as a pool owner. 

It should be noted that failing to comply with pool safety requirements may incur a fine of $2277.00

All new swimming pools and spas require building approval from Council. 

The Queensland Government has introduced pool safety laws to reduce drowning and serious immersion injuries in swimming pools and spas. There is now also one pool safety standard for Queensland, the Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 3.4, which is to be read in conjunction with AS1926.1. 

Wading pools

Some inflatable wading pools are also subject to State regulation. 

An inflatable wading pool is classified as a "regulated swimming pool":

  • If it can be filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more; or
  • It holds more than 2,000 litres of water; or
  • It has a filtration system.

Council receives dozens of complaints each year about inflatable wading pools and in most cases the owners are ordered to empty and remove the pool.

If you are thinking of purchasing a wading pool and are uncertain of your obligations please contact Council on 4044 3044 for guidance.

Pool register and safety certificates

All pools and spas in Queensland must be registered with the Queensland Government. Fines apply if your pool or spa is not registered.

The Queensland Government requires you to have a pool safety certificate when selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa. Pool owners seeking a pool safety certificate need to contact a licensed swimming pool safety inspector to arrange an inspection. Pool safety inspectors can only issue a certificate when they have placed the certificate details onto the state-based Pool Safety Register. 

Council has Licensed Pool Safety Inspectors who can conduct Pool Safety Inspections and issue Pool Safety Certificates – fees apply. Alternatively, you can engage a private Pool Safety Inspector. Visit the Queensland Government Pool Safety website for more information about swimming pool safety requirements and to search for a licensed Pool Safety Inspector.

Pool fences and safety barriers

The standard for fencing around a swimming pool is contained in the following legislation: 

  • AS1926.1 -2007 Swimming Pool Safety Part 1: Fencing for swimming pools 
  • AS1926.2 -1995 Swimming Pool Safety Part 2: Location of fencing for private swimming pools 
  • Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 3.4 – Swimming Pool Barriers 

Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately. For more information about swimming pool fences and safety barriers, visit the Queensland Government Pool Safety website.

Watch this easy guide on pool compliance

For download

Last updated: 02 November 2015