2017 NSW Pool Compliance Inspection Checklist
The team at iCertified wants your swimming pool compliance inspection to go smoothly. Below you’ll find common issues that cause most people in New South Wales to fail their first pool inspection. Follow our comprehensive pre-inspection checklist to make sure you pass your pool compliance inspection the first time.
We recently updated our checklist for the current pool fence regulations in NSW. If you already meet the below guidelines, book now to receive your pool compliance certificate. Our pool safety inspectors work throughout NSW, including Sydney and Northern NSW.
Pool Fencing / Barrier
- Pool fence height must be at least 1200mm all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
- If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high measured from the inside of the pool area
- Gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
- Vertical or near vertical rails on the fence and gate must be less than 100mm apart
- No potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
- 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
- If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
- Pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg no holes, broken rails or palings)
- Gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
- Gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
- Gate must open outwards, away from the pool
- The release for the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level, or the release for the gate latch must be located on the inside of the fence and be surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it must be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a latch access point that is 1200mm above ground level. The gate latch itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point
- If a wall forms part of the barrier, then there should not be an opening greater than 100mm
- All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm or the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
- The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the ground
- There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
- Pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence
Checklist for Indoor Pools
If you have an indoor pool or spa that doesn’t have a lockable child proof lid please see the checklist below:
Entrance To The Indoor Pool
- Is the latch or knob on the door at least 1500mm from ground level?
- Does the door open out and away from the pool area?
- Does the door self close and self lock from any open position?
- Are there any pet doors or openings that are more than 100mm?
Window Guidelines For Indoor Pools
- Do the windows into the pool area open a maximum of 100mm?
- If they open more than 100mm are they totally covered by bars or a mesh screen so they cannot be accessed from the outside?
- If the windows open more than 100mm and are not covered by bars or a mesh screen is the window sill from the lowest panel height at least 1800mm from the ground
Wall Guidelines For Indoor Pools
- Are there any wall openings bigger than 100mm?
Around The Indoor Pool Area
- Is the CPR sign current and can be easily read within the pool area from 3 meters away?
Checklist for Outdoor Spa
If you have an outdoor spa pool please see checklist below:
Outdoor Spas With A Child-Resistant Lockable Cover
- Is your spa covered by a child resistant lockable cover?
- If it is, is there a current CPR sign that is in clear view of the spa and can be read easily from a 3 meter distance?
Outdoor Spas Enclosed By A Pool Fence And Gate
- Is the pool fence a constant 1200mm high all the way around the outside of the spa?
- If the boundary fence forms part of the spa fence and the spa was built before 1 September 2008 the boundary fence must be a constant 1200mm high.
- If the boundary fence forms part of the spa fence and the spa was built after 1 September 2008 the boundary fence must be a constant 1800mm high.
- Are there any gaps under your spa fence that are more 100mm?
- Are there any gaps between the vertical or near vertical rails on the fence gate no more than 100mm apart?
- Are there any potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the spa fence in any direction?
- Is your spa fence well maintained and in a good state of repairs not containing any holes, broken rails or palings?
- Does a wall form part of the spa barrier?
- If it does, are there any openings greater than 100mm?
- Do the gates to your spa area self close and self lock from any open position?
- Is your spa gate securely closed and cannot be pulled open when in the locked position?
- All the gates to the spa area needs to open out and away from the spa area?
- Is the spa gate latch at least 1500mm from the ground level?
- Or if your spa gate latch is not at least 1500mm from the ground level, is your gate lock on the inside of the fence surrounded by 450mm shield so that it can only be accessed by reach over the fence or through a lock access point that is 1200mm about ground level? The lock itself should be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point.
Around the Spa Area
- Are the windows that open directly into the spa area, open only a maximum of 100mm or have a security type screen over it?
- Are the heights of the window sills from the lowest opening panel to the spa area at least 1800mm from the ground?
- Is there a current CPR sign listing the current resuscitation (CPR) techniques in clear view from inside the spa area and can be easily read from 3 meters away?
- Is there any climbable objects within 300mm from inside the spa area?
- Are there any climbable objects within 1200mm from the outside of the spa fence?
This checklist is just an example and should be used as a guide only. If you are located in Queensland, the rules differ slightly – view Queensland pool inspection checklist here.
After you have completed the checklist and have questions or would like more information about your particular pool fence, please call us at 1300 899 078 or book your pool safety inspection today!
Once you have your pool compliance certificate you can register your pool yourself on the NSW Government Pool Register here.