Swimming pools and certification

To sell a property with a swimming pool or spa pool, the owner must have a certificate of compliance, a certificate of non-compliance or an occupation certificate for the pool.

To lease a property with a pool, the owner must have a certificate of compliance or an occupation certificate for the pool.

Pool barriers can be inspected by a local council or a private certifier accredited in category A1, A2, A3 or E1 who is listed on the Swimming Pool Register (but see update below).

Update September 2018: Category A1 and A2 certifiers (in the private sector or employed by your council) are the only certifiers who may certify pool barriers that have a 'performance solution' under the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Visit the Fair Trading website for more on recent changes to pool certification and BCA compliance.

For more information about pool barrier requirements, view the Office of Local Government’s factsheets for sellers, buyers, legal professionals, real estate agents, managing agents, landlords and tenants, local authorities and accredited certifiers.

Minor repairs to pool barriers

Some swimming pool certifiers can also carry out minor repairs, valued at up to $1,000, to make a swimming pool compliant. To do so, they must be authorised under the Home Building Act to carry out swimming pool building or structural landscaping.

If minor works are needed the owner is under no obligation to engage the certifier who inspected the pool. The owner is free to engage others to do the work or do the work themselves.

Information for pool owners

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Information for E1 swimming pool certifiers and candidates

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