Swimming pool safety

It is a legal requirement to provide swimming pool isolation fencing to an inground or above ground pool capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more.

These requirements also apply to any inflatable swimming pools sold through department stores.

It is important to remember that while fencing may assist in reducing drownings in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drownings is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult.

 

Register

NSW government swimming pool register  

Property owners must register swimming pools on the NSW Governments register. 

To register a pool, owners will need to know:

  • address of the pool

  • the type of property such as a private residence, multi-occupancy (units etc) or tourist and visitor accommodation.

  • if the property is on a waterfront, land greater than 2 hectares or less than 230 square metres.

  • when the pool was built (3 choices of date range apply).

  • if the pool barrier has been substantially modified or rebuilt and when that took place (3 choices of date range apply).

Register now 

Need help registering a pool? 

We can register pools for owners for the regulated fee of $10.  

Please complete and return a copy of our swimming pool registration form(PDF, 54KB) to: 

 

Fax : (02) 9831-1961

Email: council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

In person: at 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.

 

 

Compliance Certificates

Download

You need a certificate of compliance before you can sell or lease a property with a pool. 

Complete the form

Please complete and return a copy of our certificate of compliance form to: 

Fax : (02) 9831 1961

Email: council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

In person: at 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.

 

 

 

Inspections

Swimming pool inspection program  

We are contacting home owners to arrange inspections of backyard pools. 

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 was amended in 2013 to include initiatives to reduce the number of drownings.

The Act now requires:

  • property owners to register their pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register;

  • Council to implement a Swimming Pool Inspection Program;and

  • an owner must obtain a Certificate of Compliance for the swimming pool.

Adopted Swimming pool inspection program

To inspect all swimming pools in the City to ensure compliance with the Swimming Pools Act and associated standards. 

Pools will be inspected in the following order of priority:

  • inspect swimming pools following an application for a compliance certificate

  • inspect pools following receipt of Customer Action Request regarding non-compliant fencing.

  • inspect pools on receipt of notices from a private certifier.

  • inspect pools associated with the tourist visitor accommodation and multi residential developments.

  • carry out random inspections on a street by street basis, with streets selected based on the first letter of the street name, with the letter selected randomly.

Swimming pool inspections are charged the regulated fee of $150 for an initial inspection, with a singular additional $ 100 fee to cover all re inspections.

This approach is seen as being the fairest way to inspect pools across the city without passing compliance costs on to residents who don't have a pool.

Considering building a new pool?

A Complying Development Certificate, or a Development Application / Construction Certificate is required prior to the construction or installation of any new swimming pool.

The owner of a property is responsible for ensuring appropriate consent is obtained for the installation of a swimming pool.

Owners must ensure pool fencing complies with the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 and Australian Standard AS 1926.1 - 2007. (Council officers may issue a Penalty Infringement Notice or a Notice to direct an owner to comply with these legislative requirements).

We have produced a Swimming-pool-guidelines-booklet.pdf which provides a summary of the relevant legislative requirements for both new and existing pool.