New swimming pool and spa regulations

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About the new regulations

On 1 December 2019, the Victorian Government introduced new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety. As part of the changes, you’ll be required to register your swimming pool and/or spa with Council.

Deadline extended

The deadline for registering private pools and spas with council has been extended from 1 June to 1 November 2020.

The extension will give homeowners more time to register their pools and spas, and reduce the workload on councils dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, owners must have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify their safety barrier every four years and lodge a certificate of compliance with council. 

Once a pool or spa is registered, councils must inform the owner of the date by which their first certificate must be lodged. 

The deadlines for lodgement of the first certificate of compliance have also been extended by five months.

If you own a pool or spa, including portable or relocatable swimming pools, we encourage you to check the compliance of the barrier now by following the Victorian Building Authority's self-assessment checklists.

Barrier requirements

All swimming pools and spas containing water greater than 300 mm (30 cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under the age of five). Barriers are required for:

  • In-ground pools and spas
  • Above-ground pools and spas, including inflatable pools, holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water
  • Indoor pools and spas
  • Bathing and wading pools containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) of water.

As a pool or spa owner, you have an obligation to maintain the operation of your swimming pool or spa barrier to prevent access to the pool or spa.

How to register your pool or spa

To register your pool or spa fill in the form below and return it either in person at one of our customer service centres, by mail to PO Box 28 Beechworth VIC 3747 or by email to

A one-off registration fee of $31.80 is payable at the time of registration. A search fee of $47.25 may be applicable if the date of construction of the swimming pool or spa cannot be easily determined.

More information

For more information and self-assessment checklists on your pool or spa barrier go to: