Residential Swimming Pools

Last updated: 30 Jun, 2022 12:38pm

 

Pool Barriers & Fences

Fees & Charges

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Barriers and Fences

Councils are required to inspect the barriers and fences around swimming pools every three years to ensure the safety of young children. Barriers and fences must be maintained to such a state that children under five cannot easy climb them, and gain access to the pool.

This provision is intended to reduce the chances of young children dying from accidental drowning.

We do take a strict interpretation of the Building Act and Code provisions as we are keen to provide as much protection to vulnerable children as the law provides.

Pool Audits

Council is about to restart our pool audit functions.

We are contacting pool owners in our District to arrange an inspection of their pool to establish that the barriers are suitable.

The initial inspection will be free of charge.

Return visits will incur an inspection fee.

Check Your Barriers

Want to avoid a reinspection fee?

Check the following features on your pool barrier/fence, and the immediate pool area:

  • gate[s] will close and self-latch when released from open to 150mm;
  • young children cannot operate latches and other components easily;
  • the barrier/fence is no less than 1200mm in height;
  • there are no trees, bushes, or anything else against the outside of the fence that could be used to access;
  • no rabbit hutches, clothesline, vegetable gardens, etc within the immediate pool area;
  • doors or windows that give access to the pool have suitable locks, restrictors alarms, and other security measures fitted;
  • there are no gaps in or under the pool fencing greater than 100mm;
  • the pool barrier is also a boundary fence, and the fence rails are suitably spaced apart.

 

Portable and inflatable pools

It is important to also note that the likes of portable and inflatable pools that can hold a depth of greater than 400mm require a fence/barrier.

It will need building consent approval. The pool should not be filled until the fence is finished.

There is provision in law that homeowners can engage an Independently qualified Pool Inspector to inspect the pool and barriers instead of Council. These people issue a notice to council confirming compliance.

Independent inspectors

There is provision in law that homeowners can engage an Independently qualified Pool Inspector to inspect the pool and barriers instead of Council.

These people issue a notice to council confirming compliance.

Small heated pools

There is a provision in the law relating to small heated pools [such as spa pools].

Although Council is not required to inspect these, owners must ensure that the pool lid is locked when not in use, and there are no climbing points around the small heated pool edge.

Fees & Charges

Pool inspection: Free

Pool re-inspection: $175

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More Information

Inspecting residential pools

building.govt.nz

Pool Inspector Public Register

poolinspectors.tradingstandards.govt.nz

Acceptable Solutions: Means of Restricting Access to Residential Pools

Building.govt.nz