Swimming pool certificates

Certificates of Compliance for swimming pools

The owner of any premises on which a swimming pool is situated may make an application to either Council or an Accredited Certifier to carry out an inspection of the pool barrier and, if appropriate, issue a Certificate of Compliance.

How to arrange a pool inspection by Council

To obtain a Certificate of Compliance from Council you must make a Request for Inspection and Certificate of Compliance for a Swimming Pool PDF, 56.93 KB or call the Customer Service Centre on 1300 722 542.

When you apply to Council for an inspection and certificate of compliance for the swimming pool, you will need to pay an initial fee of $150 when you lodge your application. An additional fee of $100 will be charged if more than one inspection is required to be carried out, for the Council officer to inspect works carried out to meet pool safety requirements and standards.

Criteria for certification

A Certificate of Compliance will be provided stating that, at the date on which the certificate is issued, the swimming pool complies with the relevant legislative requirements if:

  1. Council or the accredited certifier are satisfied that the swimming pool complies with the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act 1992, and
  2. The pool is registered in the NSW Swimming Pools Register

Reasonable period to comply

If the pool does not comply, Council will provide you with a reasonable period in which to comply with the relevant requirements.

How long is the certificate valid for?

Provided there are no changes to the pool barriers and fencing, a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance is valid for three years.

Inspection by a private certifier

Instead of getting a Council inspection, you can engage a private Accredited Certifier to carry out a pool inspection for the purpose of issuing a Pool Certificate of Compliance.

The Accredited Certifier must be accredited by the NSW Building Professionals Board.

An Accredited Certifier also has the authority to issue Notices directing pool owners to carry out works to comply with pool safety requirements and the Certifier may also refer unresolved compliance matters to the Council for appropriate action.

Inclusion in sale and lease agreements

From 29 April 2016 , a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate must be referenced in any:

  • Contract for Sale
  • Lease agreement
  • Renewal of an existing lease of a property that has a swimming pool

See our sale and tenancy agreements page for details.

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