NEW pool fencing requirements have come into effect as of 1 May 2016. Building permit applications for pool safety barriers are now required to comply with Australian Standard 1926.1-2012. For more information, please contact the City's Swimming Pool Inspectors on 9411 3444.
Note: A new swimming pool and spa safety barrier information sheet will be made available soon.
ARE YOU INSTALLING A SWIMMING POOL OR AN OUTDOOR SPA?
If you are thinking of building a swimming pool or installing an outdoor spa on your property, please read on.
WA Building Legislation
Under the Building Act 2011, a building permit is required for a swimming pool and an outdoor spa. This includes inflatable and/or portable above-ground pools.
In addition a building permit must be obtained for pool safety barriers.
All property owners who have a swimming pool or spa on their property are required by law to provide a compliant safety barrier around the pool or spa.
Pool safety barriers must comply with the provisions of the Building Code of Australia, Building Regulations 2012 and Australian Standard 1926 Part 1 (NB: knowledge of AS 1926 Parts 2 & 3 is strongly recommended).
It should be noted that pool fencing requirements vary for pools installed before and after 5 November 2001. For more information, please refer to the relevant information sheets listed on the right.
Alternatively, contact Building Services to speak with one of the City's Swimming Pool Inspectors to obtain further information.
To apply for a building permit, the following information should be provided:
If the pool builder or spa installer is not going to install the required safety barrier, a separate building permit application must be submitted by the property owner or their nominated pool fence contractor for the proposed pool fence.
Please be aware that issuance of a swimming pool building permit will be put on hold pending the approval of a building permit for the pool barrier.
The City generally strives to issue the permits for the pool and safety barrier simultaneously.
The City of Cockburn has a legislative obligation to ensure that swimming pools and spas within the district are inspected at least once every four years to ensure compliance of the barriers with legislative requirements.
Note: The City carrries out regular aerial photography of all properties within the City of Cockburn.
Download these Documents
|BA2 Application for Building Permit -Uncertified|
BA7 - Notice of Completion
|Building Commission Rules for Pools and Spas Booklet|
|Pools Spas and Safety Barrier Submission Checklist|
If you wish to pay by Credit Card, please download and complete the Credit Card Authorisation document, and submit along with your application.
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