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Can a boundary fence form part of a pool barrier?
For swimming pool or spa that was constructed before 8 April 1991, a paling or imperforate fence complies with the relevant requirements if it is at least 1·5 m in height measured above the ground level on the approach side.
Can I have a climbable object inside my pool against the fence?
All barriers with vertical openings 10-100mm in width require non climbable area of 900mm high by 300mm deep rectangular space on the inside of the barrier which is identified as NCZ 4.
Can you provide more examples of non climbable zones (NCZ)?
Can I use perforated material or mesh as part of my pool safety barrier?
Can a barrier have a surface projections and/or indentations?
For a barrier having random projections the following applies:
How can we build a fence on a slope or step surface?
The following pictures show you how to comply with the pool barrier requirements on a slope or a step surface areas:
Can gates swing towards a pool area?
No! Gates shall be installed so that they only swing outwars and away from the pool area.
What are the requirements for a location of the latch?
What are the requirements for a retaining wall that acts as a pool barrier?
The following pictures are highlighting some of the critical requirements for a retaining wall that forms part of a pool barrier.
What are the consequences if an owner chooses not to register their pool or spa?
If a pool or spa is not registered within the mandatory timeframe, the owner of the property that the pool or spa is located can face an on spot fine of $330 or a penalty up to $1652.20.
What should I do if my barrier is non compliant and requires major changes?
In most cases, if we find there is an issue with the barrier that causes no immediate risk, e.g. minor changes are required within less than 50% of the area of the barrier, we will issue a report and identify the issues and give you up to 60 days to address the matters and arrange for reinspection.
However, a building permit will be required to install a fence, if you have no safety barrier around your pool, or you will need to make significant changes. We have a registered building surveyor who can issue a building permit so you can install your pool barrier. Our fee for building permit starts from $660.