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Do You Need A Pool Certificate of Compliance?
A Pool Certificate of Compliance is needed if:
- you are selling or leasing a property with a swimming pool or spa
- a new swimming pool or spa is built on a property
- a new fence is built around an existing swimming pool or spa
- you are directed by Council
If any of these situations apply to you, you need professional advice from an E1 Certified Pool Safety Inspector.
Your Inspector will look at your swimming pool and barrier to check everything is compliant with Australian Standards. After your initial Pool Inspection:
- if everything is compliant, you are issued with a Certificate of Compliance
- if you are not compliant, you are issued with a Certificate of Non-Compliance and a report outlining the problems and required rectifications. You have up to 6 weeks to rectify any issues, before, by law, Council is notified. Once rectifications are complete, a re-inspection is arranged, before your Certificate of Compliance is issued
It is also important to note you can still sell your house with a Certificate of Non-Compliance, so long as
- You provide a copy of your Certificate of Non-Compliance to the buyer
- The buyer acquires a Certificate of Compliance within 90 days after settlement
What our customers are saying about us
“Phil was quick, efficient, fair and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone needing pool safety compliance work and inspections.”
– Rebecca El-Khoury
“We have used Phil on multiple occasions, quick, reasonably priced and very easy to deal with!! Highly recommend.”
– Phillip Wright
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Pool Safety Solutions Sydney provides fast, and also affordable pool compliance certificates. We have also partnered up with top quality, licensed tradespeople that can help you take care of any pool fence work you need completed. All pool certification and pool fencing services provided by us will comply with all Australian Standards, ensuring your kids are safe and you have no headaches.
Pool Compliance Certificate
Maybe you're selling, or you're leasing. Maybe you've received a letter from the council. Or maybe you just want to make sure your pool is safe.
- Pool Compliance Certificate
- Certificates of non-compliance
- Same day certificate available
Pool Fence Installation / Repairs
A professional service for all your pool fence repair, removal, and also installation needs. Free quotes and fast, reliable service.
- Fence height extensions
- Hinge and latch replacement
- Removal and installation
- All work completed to pass compliancy standards
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is this going to cost?
We charge $199+GST per inspection, and $49+GST per Certificate, but your first inspection is free.
After your initial inspection, if your pool is compliant, the fee of $49+GST is payable for the administration costs as well as time taken in lodging, acquiring and issuing your Certificate of Compliance.
After your initial inspection, if your pool is not compliant, the fee of $49+GST is payable for the administration costs as well as time taken in lodging, acquiring and issuing your Certificate of Non-Compliance.
If your pool is non-compliant after the initial inspection, you have up to 6 weeks to rectify any issues, before, by law, Council is notified. Once rectifications are complete, a re-inspection is arranged, before issuing your Certificate of Compliance. For any re-inspections required due to works requiring rectification, a re-inspection fee of $199+GST applies. This means the total cost for 2 inspections and 2 required certificates comes to $297+GST.
Why is pool safety and compliance important?
Pool and spa safety and compliance is the most important thing for us to consider at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney (PoolSSS).
According to the New South Wales Child Death Review, 70 children had lost their lives in private swimming pools in the 10 years leading to 2015.
Drowning is also a major cause of death in children under the age of five in NSW.
Each year on average, 10 children under five drown in backyard pools in this state, and for every death, there are at least 10 near drownings.
The worst thing about such a tragedy?
Almost all the swimming pools eligible for exemption from pool barrier requirements were fenced, however were mostly non-compliant.
That’s why pool safety, and also certification is so important to us here at PoolSSS.
We know our swimming pools and spas, and we also love how something as exciting as buying, selling, or leasing your home can be.
So what is PoolSSS doing to prevent more unnecessary drownings?
When something as preventable as a faulty, or broken gate latch, is the most common barrier defect for a young child to access a swimming area unsupervised, we believe all homeowners therefore deserve the right to a FREE initial pool safety inspection.
Prevention is the best solution; get your Certificate of Compliance today!
Just remember you never plan to have an accident but unfortunately they can happen at anytime so always remember to keep young children supervised, ensure your pool or spa is registered and completely compliant with the most current safety laws and regulations.
The bottom line is, pools and spas are great fun, and also an awesome way to chill out with friends and family. Let’s all make sure we can enjoy one of summer’s greatest joys in a safe way.
When is a certificate of compliance required?
From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold without a valid certificate of compliance or non-compliance or relevant occupation certificate.
These changes apply to you if you are the owner of a property with a swimming pool or spa pool.
In a strata scheme, all the lot owners jointly own any swimming pool or spa pool that is on common property, meaning you will not have to attain it personally.
The Owners Corporation (also called the body corporate) is responsible for ensuring there is a valid certificate of compliance or a relevant occupation certificate for pools and spas. However, if you’re a landlord, this affects you too.
Properties that are to be leased require a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate
A swimming pool is defined in the law as an excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300mm and is used for swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity.
Generally, this includes, but is not limited to, swimming pools and spa pools.
You will need a valid certificate of compliance to satisfy your legal responsibility when buying, selling or leasing your home.
However most of the time, it is better to ensure that you are up to date with all the relevant legislation in your local council.
With so many unnecessary and often preventable deaths occurring, our imperative has and always will be to eradicate child drownings and improve overall pool safety and education.
The family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney are always happy to help out with any pool certification, safety and compliance. Take advantage of your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION
If you have any queries, join our active community or you can also see some of our other FAQs.
Alternatively check out our blog here
What are the main reasons for a pool failing a compliance inspection?
Pool safety inspections aren’t as complicated as you think, and there are many things you can do to ensure you stay within legislation.
So what are the main reasons for a pool failing a compliance inspection?
We’ll discuss what we’ve noticed are the six main reasons why a pool might therefore fail a compliance inspection in NSW.
Before we begin however, we need to truly appreciate the nature of a child’s curiosity.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.’
Sometimes when it comes to pool safety, that amazing childish curiosity can land them into some pretty dangerous situations.
So let’s take a look at these six main issues.
At Pool Safety Solutions Sydney, we are visiting local swimming pools and spas in the area and are happy to share with you, six of the most common issues we encounter when dealing with pool fence compliancy:
- Gate hinges and/or latches are faulty or do not comply
- Climbable objects are too close to a pool fence (for example trees, plant pots, BBQs and clothes lines)
- Fence height is less than 1200mm
- Distance between the vertical elements of a fence is greater than 100mm
- Distance below the bottom of the fence is greater than 100mm
- Current pool resuscitation sign is non-existent or not in correct location
Please feel free to have a browse over our blog articles, where we share community based and also valuable information for things like pool maintenance, handy DIYs and other relevant insight. As always, we appreciate your feedback.
You can also watch this to find out more about our family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney.
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How long does it take a pool inspector to complete a compliance inspection?
A pool safety certificate of compliance inspection can be done in as quickly as 10 minutes, however depending on your individual pool can take up to as long as 60 minutes.
Our qualified, licensed and insured pool inspectors live, breathe and also think pools.
With the amount of local homes pools and spas our team have seen, there isn’t a single pool safety solution they can’t come up with.
So to give you an idea…
Depending on the enclosed pool area and safety issues found, a pool will on average take between 30 and 60 minutes to carry out a pool compliance inspection.
Within 3 days we will also email you a detailed report with photographs setting out any rectification work required.
If the pool is registered and no rectification works are required, a report and Certificate of Compliance can be issued within 2 days.
The pool owner does not have to be present at the time of inspection, as long as safe access is arranged beforehand.
The family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney are always happy to help out with any pool certification, safety and also compliance concerns. Take advantage of your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION
If you have any queries however, join our active community and see some of our other FAQs.
Alternatively check out our blog here
We service the following councils in the Sydney region, but offer free advice to anyone (anywhere) with pool safety concerns.
Just give our Head Pool Inspector (Phil) a call on 0434 035 119 to speak to a licensed professional.
Blacktown, Botany Bay, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury – Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Marrickville, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Rockdale, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland, Sydney, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, and also Woollahra
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Don’t worry, it’s just so the council knows which pools are being inspected by which inspector. We are required by law to have the agreement signed by the pool owner prior to inspection.
Give us your name and also your email, and hit download.
Then print and email back to us, or give it to your inspector when they come to see your pool. However, we can only provide you with a pool compliance certificate if you give us a signed agreement first.