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
Are you selling? Read our blog post about pool cleaning and maintenance to get the most out of your sale.
How Much Does A Pool Compliance Certificate Cost?
Prices vary greatly between Inspectors, so be sure to research thoroughly before making any decisions.
At Pool Safety Solutions Sydney, our E1 Pool Safety Inspectors charge $199+GST per inspection, and $49+GST per certificate – but you get your first inspection FREE!.
If your pool/barrier is compliant the first time we visit, your Certificate of Compliance is issued for $49+GST.
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.
What Makes A Pool Non-Compliant?
Pool safety inspections aren't as complicated as you think, and there are many things you can do to ensure you are compliant when your pool inspector arrives. At Pool Safety Solutions Sydney, our pool inspectors visit local swimming pools and spas in the area daily, and are happy to share with you six of the most common issues they encounter when dealing with pool fence certification:
- 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)
- Pool fence height is less than 1200mm or boundary fence height is less than 1800mm
- 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
They are the basics that our inspectors see daily. Make sure these items are all clear before your pool inspection, and chances are that you will be compliant.
Getting Compliant Before The Inspector Arrives
Before you start making any modifications to your pool/barrier in an effort to become compliant, you should know that there are 9 different checklists to choose from, each following its own set of pool fence regulations. Sounds confusing, right?
Thankfully, choosing the right pool compliance checklist isn’t actually confusing. We have it all summed up in our blog post about pool compliance checklists.
After choosing the correct checklist, have a quick read through it to see if anything stands out as being obviously non-compliant. Then bring a tape measure with you as you go through each point on your checklist, measuring each thing as required.
By the time you reach the end of the checklist you will have a good understanding of what needs rectifying on your pool fence or boundary fence. If everything on your checklist has been ticked/checked, you are ready to see a pool safety inspector.
If you are compliant the first time a PoolSSS safety inspector visits your property, you get your certificate of compliance for just $49+GST* including the initial free inspection. A fee of $49+GST is payable for the administration costs as well as time taken in lodging, acquiring and issuing of any and all certificates.
Call Phil on 0434 035 119 to find out more, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW Pool Fencing Regulations 2018
Pool fence regulations in NSW (and relevant legislation) are thorough and strict, which is great considering what’s at risk. Saying this, it may be easier for you to just use the checklists mentioned above. These checklists have been written taking all aspects of NSW pool fencing regulations into account, without the need for you to read a bunch of boring legislation. Read our post about 2018 NSW Pool Fence Legislation to learn more.
There are many pool fence regulations which must be followed by all pools and pool fences. In NSW we follow regulations in accordance with standards from AS1926.1 and AS1926.1-2012 legislation. You can download a copy of the current pool fence legislation by filling in this form:
Whichever pool inspector you choose, they will need you to sign an agreement. This is just so the council can keep track of which pools are inspected by which E1 accredited certifier.
Each inspector uses their own contract, but you should expect the following information in any contract:
- the roles and functions of the certifier
- what to expect
- client’s details
- inspector’s details (including insurance)
- date of agreement
- pricing structure
- description of services
- proof of date of construction of the pool/barrier (it’s OK if you don’t have proof)
Make sure you read the contract before signing it, so you know exactly what to expect regarding your pool inspection. If there are any issues, or if there is anything you don’t understand, contact your inspector to clear things up.
All inspectors are required by law to have the contract signed by the pool owner before the inspection. To see an example of a pool safety inspection contract, download one here:
Does Swimming Pool Certification Expire?
Yes, pool certification expires, but you have plenty of time to act:
- certificates of compliance expire after 3 years
- certificates of non-compliance expire after 1 year
What To Do When It Expires
Unless you’re selling the property or it’s an investment, you don’t actually need to do anything when your certificate expires.
However if you are selling, or if it is an investment, you are required to have an up to date certificate of compliance (or certificate of non-compliance if the buyer will be renewing it). This is a good idea when you consider how many pool gates are swung on by children every day.
Choosing A Pool Inspector
Every E1 accredited certifier will give you the same thing – a certificate of compliance (or non-compliance). No pool inspector can bend the laws or break the rules, they all must follow the exact same process and legislation.
So when you’re doing your research, look for the following things:
- Licence/Insurance – Firstly and most importantly, make sure the pool certifier is licensed and insured. Look for an “E1 Accredited Certifier”.
- Reviews – Doing a quick check online will at least show you what past clients think of your chosen certifier. Did they issue certificates fast? Are there any hidden fees?
- Easy Contact – Make sure you can speak directly to your pool inspector any time you need. Call or email them to see what kind of response you get. There’s no use booking in an inspector who you can’t contact.
- Price – Remember, all certifiers will give you the same thing. So if one is significantly more affordable than another, and has no bad reviews online, save yourself a few dollars.
That’s all you need to know about choosing an inspector to issue your swimming pool compliance certificate.