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State proposes new requirements for pool and spa owners

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 August 2019

Stakeholders, including swimming pool and spa owners, can now provide input on proposed new Victorian Government requirements relating to private pools and spas.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has prepared draft regulations that aim to reduce incidences of young children drowning in private swimming pools and spas through improving compliance with safety barrier requirements.

The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019 will introduce mandatory requirements for owners of private swimming pools or spas to register their pool or spa with their local council.

In addition, owners will be required to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of their safety barrier every three years.

The Victorian Government’s consultation closes at 5pm on Friday September 6.

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