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.

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.

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

New home owners

Following the transfer (sale) of land containing a registered swimming pool or spa, Indigo Shire Council must update the register with details of the name of the new owner as soon as possible. We then must give notice in writing to the new owner on the following matters:

  • Confirmation that their name has been recorded on the register
  • The applicable barrier standard that applies to the swimming pool or spa on their land
  • The date by which the next certificate of pool or spa barrier complicance is required to be provided to Council by the new owner.

The legislation is as follows:

147ZL Relevant council's actions following transfer of land containing a registered swimming pool or registered spa

(1)  On receipt of a notice of acquisition under the Local Government Act 1989 that relates to land on which a registered swimming pool or registered spa is located, the relevant council must update the register with details of the name of the new owner of the land as soon as practicable.

(2)  The relevant council must give a notice in writing to the new owner of the land of the following matters—

(a)  confirmation that their name has been recorded on the register;

(b)  the applicable barrier standard that applies to the swimming pool or spa barrier located on the land;

(c)  the date by which the next certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance is required to be provided to the relevant council by the new owner.

If you have purchased a property that includes a pool or spa and you’re unsure if it is registered or you would like to make sure your details have been updated, please contact us.

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 info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au

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.

Decommissioning a pool

Decommissioning of swimming pools can be a complicated process and is conducted case-by-case. If you would like to decommission your pool, please contact us to discuss your options.

More information

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