Written by Admin and published on https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/.
If you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, you must register your pool and spa with the relevant council. Contact the council or check their website for more information on how to register your pool or spa, including the fees payable. You will be required to complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. For pools and spas constructed or commenced before 1 November 2020, an information search fee will also be payable.
Swimming Pool and Spa Registration
The Victorian Government has introduced new requirements to improve swimming pool and spa safety, including inspection, maintenance and compliance requirements for property owners.
It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council.
If you own a pool or spa in the City of Melbourne municipality, you now need to:
- Register your swimming pool or spa with City of Melbourne before 1 June 2020.
- Arrange for an inspection of your pool or spa safety barrier for compliance every four years.
- Lodge a Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance Certificate with City of Melbourne every four years.
- Pay the prescribed fees to City of Melbourne upon registration and lodgement of the certificate.
We will not be sending formal notification to owners, so be sure to register as soon as you are able before 1 November 2020.
There will be a penalty if you do not register your pool by 1 November 2020.
Why has the law changed?
Pools and spas are the most common location of drownings for children aged five and under, and on average four children die in home pools and spas every year.
Eighty per cent of swimming pool and spa barriers in Victoria aren’t meeting safety standards. The new state-wide regulations aim to make pools and spas safer for everyone, particularly kids aged five and under.
How to register your pool or spa
If you own a property that has a permanent or relocatable pool or spa, you need to register your details with us by submitting the application form below:
Application to register a swimming pool or spa
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There is a one-off registration fee of $79 set by the Victorian Government to cover administration costs, including an information search fee.
What happens after you’ve registered
After you register, you will receive an email confirmation that your pool or spa is registered.
You don’t need to do anything else until we contact you with more information explaining:
- the date of construction of your pool or spa
- which standards apply to your barrier
- the date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with us.
Pool and spa registration – FAQs
For more information and queries about the new pool and spa safety standards introduced by the Victorian Government, as well as safety barrier guides, visit Victorian Building Authority (VBA) – Swimming pool and spa registration requirements.
Original post here https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/building-and-development/planning-and-building-services/building-safety-amenity/Pages/swimming-pool-spa-registration.aspx.