The new swimming pool laws come into effect from 29 April next year.
Are you ready?
All pool owners are required to register their swimming pools and spas online at no charge atwww.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
This includes in-ground, above-ground, portable/inflatable pools or spas that are capable of being filled to a depth greater than 300mm.
How will the changes affect me?
The changes will affect pool owners who are wanting to sell their home, investors who rent out a home with a pool, as well as those who live in, or are looking to buy a house with a pool.
- If you are selling your property, from 29 April 2015 you must apply for and obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate to be attached to the Contract for Sale.
- If you own a property with a pool that you are leasing, from 29 April 2015 you must apply for and obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate and provide a copy to the tenant and real estate agent managing the property.
- If you own a strata property, the Owners Corporation must register any pool on the common property. It is advisable that they apply for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate. This also applies to properties in community and neighbourhood schemes.
The changes for General Pool Owners:
- Swimming pool and spa pool owners are required to register their pools on an online Register to be provided by the NSW State Government. Owners are required to self-assess and state that their pool complies with the applicable standards when registering. A swimming pool compliance certificate is valid for 3 years.
- The NSW Swimming Pool Register is available atwww.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
You can apply for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate at your local council or with an accredited certifier and there is a fee involved.
If you are installing a new pool, you should ask the pool installer to provide a Compliance Certificate prior to making the last payment for the pool.