Note: The objective of the Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Standard is to limit and restrict access to a Swimming Pool/Spa Area by a child under 5 years of age. (AS 1926.1)
The purpose of the Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Inspection is to determine the Barriers Compliance to Building Regulations 2018, the Building Code of Australia 2019 and the applicable Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Standard AS 1926.1.
The inspection will be comprised of a non-destructive, visual and functional testing, including for strength and rigidity of the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier including pool doors, gates and windows opening into the pool area and forming part of the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier (inside and outside) and any walls and boundary fences forming part of the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier.
The Owner/Owners Representative must provide full and unfettered access to all Doors, Gates and Windows (inside and outside) which open into the pool area and form part of the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier and to any walls, fences and boundary fences which form the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier.
Vegetation/objects inhibiting access to above must be removed prior to the inspection.
Note: A Non-Compliance Certificate may be issued to the Owner/Relevant Council should the access to the full Pool Barrier Perimeter be impeded.
The Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Inspection Notice is not a Building Permit to perform building works. Please contact a registered Building Surveyor should a Building Permit be required.
The Pool/Spa Inspector is prohibited from any design and construct any major works in relation to the Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier by the Building Act 1993 sec. 79, but rather may offer verbal suggestions and options to the Owner/Owners Representative about what can be done to bring the Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier into Compliance.
The Results of the Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Inspection shall be in the form of a Swimming Pool/Spa Inspection Notice/Report and subsequent documentation being either a “Certificate of Compliance” (Building Reg 147 Y) or “Certificate of Non-Compliance”. (Building Reg 147 ZI)
Further Swimming Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Inspections may be required of a Non-Compliant Pool/Spa Safety Barrier (Building Reg 147ZH). Additional cost may be incurred.
If the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier Inspection Notice indicates that the owner will be required to perform rectification works, 60 days will be allowed to bring the Pool/Spa Barrier into compliance. (For rectification works) (Building Reg 147 ZG)
If an extension of time is required to bring the Pool/Spa Safety Barrier into compliance, an extension of time must be sought from the Relevant Council. (Building Reg 147 Z)