New laws for swimming pool ownership

As of 29 October this year, if you are the owner of a swimming pool, you will need to register it with your local council. We strongly advise that if this applies to you, you register it sooner rather than later, to avoid penalty.  Local councils are implementing a rigorous inspection program to find pool owners that haven’t met their legal obligations.

About the swimming pool register

There is definitely good reason to introduce this register. According to the NSW Government, drowning is one of the major causes of accidental death amongst very young children - who are not old enough to handle falling into water. There are currently over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, therefore these measures will ensure that many lives are saved.

How to register your swimming pool

Before applying for registration, you will need to have the following information handy:

  • Full address of the swimming pool
  • Property type
  • Surrounding land size
  • When the pool (or spa) was built
  • If the pool barrier has been substantially modified or rebuilt - when that took place.

What this means for home owners

As of 29 April 2014, a certificate of compliance must be attached to the contract if you are selling or buying a property with a pool in NSW. Ensure your Sydney conveyancer looks after this for you to keep you on the right side of the law.  If you need conveyancing advice, do not hesitate to email us at info@couttslegal.com.au