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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
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UPDATE: New Pool Safety Legislation Came Into Effect on 1 January 2017
On 20 October 2016 Parliament passed the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill, repealing the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and including new pool safety provisions in the Building Act 2004. Key changes include:
It is your responsibility to fence your pool. Waimakariri District Council has the responsibility to administer the Fencing of Swimming Pools.
The Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning and is being reviewed, with the new legislation
taking effect from 01.01.2017.
heated pools (Spa pools) and ponds not intended for swimming will no longer
Councils will be required to inspect a pool at
least once every three years.
This page will be updated with the new legislation
as soon as it comes to hand.
Please contact this council for further
In the event that a fence has horizontal structures, such as bars, rods, wires or bracing, which are accessible from outside, they must be at least 900 mm apart and there must be no other support or structure (apart from a vertical rail) between them which might make climbing possible for a young child.
When using netting, mesh or similar perforated material, e.g. trellis, the openings must not be larger than 50 mm and the height should be 1.8 m.
In the case of doors in walls of buildings which form part of the ‘fence’ around a pool, it may not be necessary for them to comply with the rules if the Council decides that compliance is not practicable.
Where a door in a wall forms part of a pool fence, a Council inspector should be contacted for advice and assessment to confirm requirements. In such a case, it may be sufficient that the door is fitted with a locking device which would prevent a child of six years or under opening the door. This would require an exemption. See the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 for information on an exemption.
The spa pool as shown in the photo is fenced off from the remainder of the outdoor area.