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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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Depending on the type of your residential pool, you may need a building consent for your pool, pool barrier, or both.
You will need a building consent for your pool barrier.
All pools of depth of 400mm or more need some form of pool barrier.
If your pool has a non-climbable side at least 1.2m high above the ground; and there are no permanent climbable objects located within 1.2m of the pool side (includes trees and plants), the barrier is only needed around the pool access. This could take the form of a fence around the stairs or ladder.
You do not need to register your spa pool/hot tub, classified as a ‘small heated pool’ if:
The spa pool cannot be easily climbed or have any external objects or projections within 760mm of the top edge that could assist climbing, this includes things like fencing and trees etc.. The pool wall itself cannot have any projections or indentations greater that 10mm horizontally from the plane of the wall.
The lockable safety cover must have signage indicating its safety features and must be able to:
Please visit F9/AS2 for more detailed information.
The tap or hose that is used to fill the pool, must be fitted with a backflow prevention device. These inexpensive devices will prevent water being sucked back into the main water supply.
Only if the above compliance criteria is not meet, and/or if we become aware of a non compliant activity.
After completing the online Swimming Pool Registration Form, our team will be in touch to arrange for a building inspector to check and confirm that the pool and/or fencing are compliant.
Please note: If you are applying for a Building Consent then you are not required to complete the online Swimming Pool Registration Form.
Specific information to include in a building consent application for a swimming or spa pool: