Pool Certification

Are you ready for summer? 

Did you know it is a requirement, by law, that you have a certified pool fence in Queensland? This has been in effect since December 2015.  Whilst it seems a little daunting for property owners who have had their pools for years, it is a fairly easy process to complete.  

If you have recently replaced your pool fence or have just installed a new pool, we can help make sure you are compliant.  

Making sure you have a fence that is in good condition and undamaged goes a long way to keeping everyone safe. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death, in Queensland, for children under 5 years old.  These stats are scary and supervising children in the pool, along with teaching them how to swim are only 2 parts of the puzzle.   

Simple things to think about:  

  • Does the gate self-close? 
  • Pool gates MUST open outwards 
  • There is a requirement for a non-climbable zone of 900mm 
  • Is your fence height a minimum of 1200mm from the finished ground level to the top? 
  • Do you have a compliant CPR sign displayed?
  • Are there any damaged fence panels?  

In Queensland, you are required to provide a pool safety certificate when you sell or lease your property.  There are lots of great resources available, including a checklist to help you prepare for your inspections and see what you might need to do before we come onsite. 

Did you know? 

  • Since 1 November 2011, ALL pools are required to be registered.  To check if your pool is on the register…Is my pool registered? 
  • Form 21 compliance will be lodged with Pool safety council as part of KP Building Approvals service (no extra fee) 


Pool demolishment 

Most people are generally unaware that removing a pool also requires certification.  Once you have decided whether you are removing/demolishing or filling it in, Council requires you to notify them and provide a building compliance certificate.  

If in doubt, a simple phone call or email will help put your mind at ease.  KP Building Approvals are happy to have a chat and give you advice on what you need to do to be and stay compliant. 

For more information:  

QBCC provides a comprehensive and helpful guide to pool regulations and information