Swimming pools & spas

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.

Existing pools - registration requirements

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect. It is now mandatory for landowners to register their swimming pool or spa with their local council. This includes any pool, spa or relocatable pool that is in place more than three consecutive days, with a depth more than 300mm.

Pools and spas are required to be registered by 1 June 2020.

Steps to register:

  1. Complete online registration form here.
  2. Council will respond and send an invoice for the registration.

Registration fees:

Registration fees have been set by the Victorian Building Authority, as follows:

One off registration fee

$31.85

Search fee (if building permit number not provided with registration form)

$47.25

Inspections will not start until after 31 April 2020. Landowners will be notified after this time how inspections will take place.

Further information about the new legislation is available here.

New pools - building permit requirements

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 a Building Surveyor 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

More information, including a handy checklist, on pools, spas and their safety barriers is available here.

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