Your responsibility as a pool owner

Swimming pool owners are responsible for ensuring that swimming pool safety barriers, such as fencing and gates, are installed, operated and maintained to the Australian Standard. All gates and doors providing access to the swimming pool area are to be kept closed at all times. Please refer to our Home Swimming Pool Safety Checklist for assistance.Swimming pool owners are required to register their swimming pool in the NSW Government’s Swimming Pool Register. Failure to register a swimming pool may result in a penalty being issued.

All swimming pools must be inspected as part of our Swimming Pool Safety Inspection Program. When the swimming pool complies, homeowners will receive a Compliance Certificate which is valid for three years.

If you are unsure if your swimming pool barrier complies, you may wish to apply for a swimming pool Compliance Certificate. A Council officer will inspect the pool and provide details of any issues of non-compliance. Once these issues have been rectified and a second inspection is conducted, a Compliance Certificate will be issued.

A swimming pool with a valid Compliance Certificate or Occupation Certificate is not required to be inspected as part of Council's Inspection Program. You may apply to Council or any accredited certifier for a swimming pool Compliance Certificate.

Page last updated: 08 April 2019