Residential Swimming Pools and Spas

Rules for Swimming Pools and Spas

As the owner of a swimming pool or spa, as well as obtaining a Building Permit for its installation and construction, it is necessary to ensure that a barrier is erected around the pool. This barrier, or pool fence, is required in order to restrict access by young children to the pool, in the interests of their safety.

  • Pre-May 2016: Swimming and spa pools continue to require barriers which comply with the Regulations and Australian Standard AS 1926.1-1993 (incorporating Amendment No. 1 only) as the minimum standard for swimming and spa pool fencing (existing requirements – no change).
  • Post-May 2016: Swimming and spa pools are required to have barriers which comply with the Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA), which references Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 and Australian Standard AS 1926.2-2007 (incorporating Amendment Nos 1 and 2). See Building Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2016 - Changes to Swimming Pool Barrier Laws.

The WA Building Commission's Rules for Swimming Pools and Spas provides detailed guidance for swimming pool or spa owners.

Swimming Pool Gate Maintenance

Owners and occupiers are responsible for always keeping the pool gate closed and maintained to ensure compliance, and prevent young children from drowning. The WA Building Commission's Don't prop the gate open flyer, provides important information on gate safety to swimming pool or spa owners.

Swimming Pools Under Construction

A builder is required under occupational safety and health laws, to ensure that a suitable barrier is in place while the pool is under construction, in order to manage a range of site hazards.  The WA Building Commissions Danger Swimming Pool Under Construction flyer, provides important information on swimming pools and spa safety, that are under construction.

Swimming Pool/Spa Barrier Four Yearly Compliance Inspection

To ensure the ongoing suitability of pool fences, and in accordance with the requirements of the legislation and regulations, the City operates a Swimming Pool Compliance program. This program ensures that all swimming pool security/fencing is inspected at least once in every four year period. Where swimming pool or spa security/fencing is found to be deficient in terms of the regulations, and where the safety of young children is therefore compromised, the City will, in consultation with pool owners, seek to ensure that such deficient security/fencing is modified or improved, and brought back within acceptable compliance limits.

It is important that you take action to book an inspection within 7 days of receiving a notice from the City of Melville. Book your Inspection here.

Alternatively, you may call 1300 635 845 between 8.30am and 5.00pm to book with a City of Melville Customer Relations Officer.

For more detailed information regarding the City’s Swimming Pool Inspection program, and the measures that are used by the City in pursuit of compliance with the safety objectives of the swimming pool regulations, please see our Pre-May 2016 Swimming Pool Compliance Requirements Flyer.

Resident's Simple Pool Safety Checklist

The checklist is not intended to replace, and is not as effective as, a local government inspection. However, where local governments cannot inspect your swimming pool or spa, we encourage you to use this checklist to do a self-assessment of your swimming pool/spa barrier. This checklist provides you as the owner/occupier with the ability to self-assess, reducing, but not wholly negating, risk Pool Safety Checklist


Swimming Pool/Spa Removal or Decommission

Please notify the City of Melville in writing when a Swimming Pool/Spa is removed or decommissioned by completing our Online Form or by downloading and completing our Notification of Swimming Pool/Spa Removal & Decommission Form.

If a property owner no longer wishes to use their swimming pool or spa, they may empty it of water and/or remove it from the site. Please refer to the City of Melville - Rules for Swimming Pool and Spa Decommissioning and Removal Form for further information.

A City of Melville Swimming Pool Inspector must conduct a site visit to confirm that the Swimming Pool/Spa has been correctly removed or decommissioned.

Please note the Swimming Pool Inspection Fee will be charged until the end of the financial year in which the City of Melville was formally notified of the removal/decommissioning.

More Information and Contacts

If you have any questions or enquiries please contact us or lodge a request online.

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