Pool and Spa Safety Barriers


Safety Barriers

Property owners and occupants are responsible for making sure pool barriers are maintained, repaired and in working order.


Is a lockable lid a safety barrier?

No, a lockable lid is not a safety barrier and does not meet legal requirements.


What are the requirements of a pool safety barrier?

The pool or spa area must be a separate enclosure on the property. No access is allowed directly from the dwelling or from any other outbuilding on the allotment. A safety barrier must be permanent and automatic.

Gates must swing away from the pool, be self-closing, self-latching and have latches at specific heights. Specific barrier heights and other dimensions apply, including non-climbable zones around, and within, the pool or spa enclosure.


Safety barriers are required for:

  • In-ground pools and spas
  • Above-ground pools and spa pools including inflatable pools holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water
  • Indoor pools and spas
  • Bathing and wading pools containing more than 300mm (30cm) of water
  • Spas and swimming spas (including portable spas)

Safety Barriers are NOT required for:

  • Bird baths
  • Fountains
  • Water supply/storage tanks
  • Fish ponds
  • Dams

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Do I need a Building Permit?

Yes, you must obtain a building permit before you install a pool or spa, if it is capable of containing more than 300mm (30cm) of water.


How Do I Get A Building Permit?

A Building Surveyor is responsible for issuing a Building Permit at the commencement of a building project. The surveyor can advise on documentation necessary to obtain the Permit.