Having a pool in your backyard is a great way to cool down, stay fit and socialise. The Campaspe Shire Council considers pool safety of the utmost importance.
If you are planning to install a swimming pool or spa on your property, you will probably need a building permit. If the swimming pool or spa you are considering is more than 300mm deep, you must also build a pool safety barrier that complies with the Building Code of Australia and the Australian Standard 1926. You need a building permit to construct a pool safety barrier for any pool built after 8 April 1991.
Council recommends you speak to the Building Unit for advice before you go ahead with any pool spa or safety fence project. If you fail to provide an appropriate pool safety barrier, you can receive a significant fine and/or face prosecution.
More information, including a handy checklist, on pools, spas and their safety barriers is available here.
All residential buildings must have a reasonable level of thermal insulation. This insulation helps keep homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also keeps power bills lower and conserves energy used for internal heating and cooling.
Insulation is required in floors, external walls and roofs or ceilings in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. All new dwellings must have a six star energy rating.
Installing air conditioning or evaporative cooling in your home can be expensive. So it is important cooling is installed correctly.
For your protection, by law, people who install refrigerated air conditioning systems or evaporative cooling systems must be properly licensed and/or registered.
- carry an official ID card from the Plumbing Industry Commission
- provide you with a compliance certificate at the end of any job costing $500 or more.
The compliance certificate gives you 10 year protection in the event of any problems with the work.