Why Pool Owners Need to be Aware of the New Law Regarding Pool Inspection and Certification

As of the 29th of April 2016, the New South Wales government is enforcing a new law with regards to swimming pools that will affect all homeowners, spa owners, and hotel, motel, or backpacker owners who have swimming pools on their premises. The law is important and will not only affect owners of houses, but any real estate agent dealing in leasing or selling them. The bottom line is that from the abovementioned date, all residents with a swimming pool will need to register it with the NSW government and obtain a certificate of compliance following an inspection to gauge the safety of the swimming area, to make sure that is it safe to use especially with regard to children’s safety.

What You Need To Know About The Certificate Of Compliance

To start, the NSW government regards a swimming pool as any vessel, excavated, constructed or even inflatable, that can hold water at a depth greater than 30cm and is used for any human aquatic activity. That means that this law applies not only to swimming pools, but to paddle and wading pools as well.

Residents with swimming pools on their properties need to have them certified by getting pool safety inspection Sydney government officials (or government officials in their local area) require. The inspection will need to be done by an authorised compliance inspector.

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Where Safety Is Concerned

To protect the safety of children who could possibly gain unattended entrance to any swimming area, the pool should be inspected with regards to the following:

• The pool should have a barrier that separates it from the residential area that is high and secure enough to ensure that no adventurous children can get in. The barrier should have a working door or gate that is constantly latched, opens away from the pool and is free of any damages, holes, or gaps that could lead to any children getting in.

• Pool equipment such as potty-style skimmers and floor filters should be securely latched and unable to be tampered with. These devices can pose a serious drowning hazard, especially to small children.

• Any electrics (including the pool filter) should be installed in such a way as to adhere to NSW regulations especially with regards to their mixture with water. There should be no abuse of extension cords, and properly covered and water proofed to ensure that they pose no risk to bathers.

• An authorised resuscitation chart needs to be clearly displayed in the swimming area.

Upon passing an inspection that finds no problems with regards to these areas, pool owners will be given a certificate of compliance, those that don’t should be given around six weeks to rectify the reported problems and undergo another inspection.

For Those Who Are Looking To Sell Or Lease After The 29th Of April

From the abovementioned date, any property with a swimming pool should be able to supply this certificate of compliance when attempting to sell or lease the house out.

Should the lease or buyer find that this certificate has not been provided or that the pool does not indeed pass any inspections, they will be allowed 14 days from the signing of the contract to rescind it on account of the document being missing. So obtaining the certificate of compliance is even more important for those looking to sell or rent property that has a swimming pool on it.

So get an authorised professional from Australian Pool Compliance Services to inspect your pool today.