Swimming Pool Laws

Swimming Pool Compliance 2016

Do you have a swimming pool or spa? Are you looking at selling your home?If you said yes to both of the above questions then the Swimming Pool Compliance 2016 requirements will effect you. As of 26 April 2016 all homeowners selling their properties need to provide one of the following: 1. a valid compliance certificate from Council or a qualified private certifier; or 2. a Final Occupation Certificate that is less than 3 years old. One of these documents must be attached to the Contract for Sale so make sure when you are instructing your conveyancer that you provide this information. If you are in a strata complex you are affected by this new legislation also, so make sure the Owners Corporation have a compliance certificate for any pools within your complex.

If you have any questions about the new legislation click here to contact the licensed conveyancers at Coutts.

Swimming Pool Legislation

A reminder to all pool owners who are selling or intend on selling their property. As of the 24 April 2014 a Pool Safety Compliance Certificate must be attached to the Contract for Sale to be able to sell a residential property. Click here for more information about getting a swimming pool fence inspection and having a compliance certificate issue.


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