All 'swimming pools' including spas
- be filled with water, to a depth of more than 300 mm
- have a volume of 2000 litres or more
- have a filtration system
Require building approval issued by
a private building certifier for the pool and fence.
Some pools sold at department stores
and pool shops require approval, always check before
buying. Simple blow up, portable pools for kids may in fact require
a building application for the pool and fence from a private
The owner of the property is
responsible for ensuring their pool safety barrier is compliant
with the Pool Fencing Standard; visit the Department of Housing and Public Works website.
Tenants with a portable pool
requiring pool fencing are responsible for obtaining approval from
a private building certifier.
Selling, buying or
If selling, buying or leasing a
property after 1 December 2010, a pool safety certificate (Form 23) is
required from a licensed pool safety inspector.
All pools and spas in Queensland
need to be registered with the Department of Local Government &
Planning in the Pool Safety Register.
On a sewered allotment a swimming
pool filter backwash (Sand or Diatomaceous Earth (DE)) must be
discharged to the sewer in accordance with Unitywater policy. The
pool drain must be discharged to the stormwater.
On a un-sewered allotment the
swimming pool filter backwash (Sand or Diatomaceous Earth (DE)) and
drainage of the pool is to be discharged to the stormwater
for non-complying pool fencing
Council can both inspect and issue
on-the-spot fines to pool owners who do not have adequate pool
removed or altering fences
Replacing damaged, demolished,
removed or altering portions of a pool fence or safety barrier, may require
building development approval from a private building