Swimming pools and spas

A swimming pool is defined as an above or below ground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, including some models of portable pools and spas.

A pool, including blow up portable pools, and spas that can hold more than 300 mm of water require approval from a private building certifier.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring their pool safety barrier is compliant with the pool fencing standard.

Tenants with a portable pool requiring pool fencing are responsible for obtaining approval from a private building certifier.

Pool safety standards

State Government legislation requires owners of pools and spas to ensure compliance with pool fencing standards.  Visit Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website for requirements and your responsibilities.

Council can both inspect and issue on-the-spot fines to pool owners who do not have adequate pool fencing.

Damaged, demolished, removed or altering pool fences

If you intend to make alterations or need to replace a damaged, removed or demolished pool fence or safety barrier, you may require approval from a private building certifier. Visit Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website for details.