ALL privately owned backyard swimming pools will need to be registered by the end of next month.
Swimming pools must be registered by October 29 to ensure compliance following changes to the Swimming Pool Act.
As part of the changes, council is now required to implement a swimming pool barrier inspection program which will commence in November.
You must, by law, have a four-sided fence around any pool that can be filled with 300mm of water or more. This includes inflatable and portable swimming pools.
Significant penalties can be imposed if your swimming pool is not registered and the pool barrier does not comply with all the relevant Australian standards.
Pool owners must regularly check their pool and fencing throughout the year, especially in the months leading up to summer.
To register your pool visit www.swimmingpoolregister.com.au by October 29.
Those without internet access can obtain registration forms from council’s Planning and Building counter at the King St administration centre.
From April 29 next year all pool owners must obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate prior to selling or leasing their property.
Any tourist or visitor accommodation with a pool will be required to obtain a compliance certificate every three years from the same date.
To check if a pool meets legislative requirements or for further information on the registration of swimming pools and spas, contact Simon Hitchcock at council on 6538 5250 or visit council’s website www.gloucester.nsw.gov.au