If you’re looking for a pool compliance checklist to help you become compliant before your inspection, there are 9 to choose from depending on the type of property/pool you own. Check the following details to determine which checklist is right for you (as supplied by the NSW Swimming Pool Register Checklist):

  1. When was it (your spa or swimming pool) built or installed?
  2. If the pool fence or means of access to the pool was substantially rebuilt or altered, when did that last occur
  3. What type of pool do you have – indoor? spa pool? outdoor? portable?
  4. Was the pool built before 1 July 2010? If so, the rules are different if you have:
  • a waterfront property,
  • a small-sized property (less than 230 square metres)
  • or a large property (over 2 hectares).

The 9 Different Checklists for Every Spa or Swimming Pool in NSW 2018

  1. Indoor Swimming Pool
  2. Outdoor Spa
  3. Outdoor Swimming Pool built before 01/09/2008
  4. Outdoor Swimming Pool built between 01/09/2008 – 30/04/2013
  5. Outdoor Swimming Pool built after 01/05/2013
  6. Portable/Inflatable Pool
  7. Outdoor Swimming Pool on property smaller than 230 square metres
  8. Outdoor Swimming Pool on property larger than 2 hectares
  9. Outdoor Swimming Pool on waterfront property.

Indoor Swimming Pool Compliance Checklist

Use this checklist for all indoor pools, including spas that do not have a lockable child-resistant lid.

indoor pool compliance checklist
Indoor Pool Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Window restrictions for indoor pools

The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm

OR

The windows are totally covered by bars or a mesh screen

OR

The height from the sill of the lowest opening in the panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Doors that have access to pools

There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level

AND

Doors open away from the pool area and are self-latching

AND

There are no pet doors or openings greater than 100mm

Wall restrictions for indoor pools

There are no wall openings greater than 100mm

Around the pool

There is an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres

Outdoor Spa Compliance Checklist

Use this checklist for all Spa pools except indoor spa pools

spa compliance checklist
Outdoor Spa Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Does your pool meet the safety standards?

Your spa is covered by a child-resistant lockable lid

AND

There is an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area which can easily be read from a distance of 3 metres

OR (if your spa is enclosed by a pool fence and gate)

  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool;
    • For pools built before 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1200mm high
    • For pools built after 1 September 2008 – it must be at least 1800mm high
    • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground must be no more than 100mm
    • All vertical or near vertical rails on the fence must be less than 100mm apart
    • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
    • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
    • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
    • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg. no holes, broken rails or palings)
    • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
    • The gate lathc must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
    • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool area
    • The gap between the vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
    • The gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level,

OR

    • if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
    • Are you aware it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open?
    • If a wall forms part of the barrier, then there should not be an opening greater than 100mm
    • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm,

OR

    • the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
    • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
    • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

Outdoor Swimming Pool Compliance Checklist (Built or installed before 1/09/2008)

Use this checklist for outdoor pools built before 1 September 2008 that are not on waterfront, large-sized or small-sized properties

pre 2008 pool compliance checklist
Pre ’08 Pool Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Does your pool meet the safety standards?
  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1200mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg. no holes, broken railings or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level,

OR

  • if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
  • Are you aware it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm,

OR

  • the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

Outdoor Swimming Pool Compliance Checklist (Built or installed between 1/09/2008 – 30/04/2013)

Use this checklist for outdoor pools that were built between 1 September 2008 and 30 April 2013 that are not waterfront, large-sized or small-sized properties

Applies to all pools built between 1 July 2010 and 30 April 2013 regardless of property type

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2008 – 2013 Pool Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Does your pool meet the safety standards?
  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg. no holes, broken railings or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level,

OR

  • if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
  • Are you aware it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm,

OR

  • the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

Outdoor Swimming Pool Compliance Checklist (Built or installed after 1/05/2013)

Use this checklist for outdoor pools built after 1 May 2013

post 2013 pool compliance checklist
Post 2013 Pool Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Does your pool meet the safety standards?
  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg. no holes, broken railings or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level,

OR

  • if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
  • Are you aware it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm,

OR

  • the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

Portable/Inflatable Pool Compliance Checklist

Use this checklist for all portable or inflatable pools

portable inflatable pool compliance checklist
Portable and Inflatable Pool Compliance Checklist – click to enlarge
Does your pool meet the safety standards?
  • The pool fence must be at least 1200mm high all the way around measured from the outside of the pool
  • If a boundary fence forms part of the pool fence, it must be at least 1800mm high
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm
  • The gap between all vertical or near vertical rails on the fence is less than 100mm
  • There are no potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction
  • There must be a 300mm clearance from the barrier inside the pool area
  • If perforated or mesh fencing is used, the holes must be 13mm or less
  • Your pool fence must be well maintained and in a good state of repair (eg. no holes, broken railings or palings)
  • The gate must be self closing and latch by itself from any position
  • The gate latch must be working well so that the gate is secure and, once closed, can’t be pulled open
  • The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
  • The gap between vertical barriers of a gate must be no more than 100mm
  • the gate latch must be 1500mm above ground level,

OR

  • if located inside the gate, 1200mm above ground level and at least 150mm below the top of the gate
  • Are you aware it is dangerous and against the law to prop the gate open
  • If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm
  • All windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm,

OR

  • the windows must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen
  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) has to be 1800mm from the floor
  • There must be an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres
  • Your pool fence must be clear of any objects such as BBQs, trees, rocks, shrubs and deckchairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

Compliance Checklist for Outdoor Swimming Pools on a Small Property (230 square metres or less)

Use this checklist for all outdoor pools that are not spas or portable/inflatable pools built on properties that are less than 230sqm in size

small property pool compliance checklist
Small Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt1 – click to enlarge

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Small Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt2 – click to enlarge

Doors

There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above the floor level on every door entering the pool area

AND

There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm

Windows

The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm

OR

The windows are totally covered by bars or a mesh screen

OR

The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Compliance Checklist for Outdoor Swimming Pools on a Large Property (2 hectares or larger)

Use this checklist for outdoor pools that are not spas or portable/inflatable pools that are built on properties of 2 hectares or greater in size.

Property owners had the choice of either fencing their pools, or having latch-able doors and restricted window openings.

large property pool compliance checklist
Large Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt1 – click to enlarge

pool compliance checklist for large properties
Large Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt2 – click to enlarge

Swimming Pools built/installed with door and window as barrier before 1 July 2010

Doors

There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above the floor level on every door entering the pool area

AND

There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm

Windows

The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm

OR

The windows are totally covered by bars of a mesh screen

OR

The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

Compliance Checklist for Outdoor Swimming Pool on a Waterfront Property

Property owners had the choice of either fencing their pools, or having latch-able doors and restricted window openings.

waterfront property pool compliance checklist
Waterfront Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt1 – click to enlarge

pool compliance checklist for waterfront properties
Waterfront Property Pool Compliance Checklist pt2 – click to enlarge

Swimming Pools built/installed with door and window as barrier before 1 July 2010

Doors

There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above the floor level on every door entering the pool area

AND

There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm

Windows

The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm

OR

The windows are totally covered by bars of a mesh screen

OR

The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the floor

So there you have it, the 9 different pool self assessment checklists for every residential pool type in NSW

Download a copy of a printer friendly pool checklist which summarises some standard safety checks you can conduct on your spa or swimming pool today.

If you can answer NO to any of the above checklists, it is strongly advised that you get in touch with a licensed pool safety inspector here in Sydney, NSW to get your pool checked and made compliant.

Pool Safety Solutions Sydney Inspections Pool Safety and Fence Checklist NSW 2018
A general Pool Safety Checklist to go through if you are unsure which checklist to use – click to enlarge

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