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In 2012, the NSW State Government finalised a comprehensive review of the Swimming Pools Act (1992). As part of this review, a number of amendments were identified, with the purpose of enhancing child safety around private swimming pools in NSW.
If you own a property with a swimming pool or spa pool, regardless of whether it’s owner occupied or an investment property, these changes will affect you.
By now you should be aware that your swimming/spa pool needs to be registered on the NSW State Swimming Pool Register. This was a change introduced late last year, with a deadline of October 29, 2013. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible by visiting the NSW State Swimming Pool Register.
As of April 29, 2014, all properties with a swimming/spa pool to be sold or leased, will require a compliance certificate prior to the sale or lease of that property. This certificate will certify that the pool is compliant with the pool safety requirements applicable at the date the pool was approved, or alternatively, that the pool complies with current pool safety requirements if significant modifications have been made to the safety barrier, or the pool is unauthorised.
If you currently have an occupation certificate that is less than three years old, and that authorises the use of the swimming pool, it negates the requirement for a compliance certificate during that period. Both certificates last for three years.
How to organise a compliance certificate?
A property owner can request a compliance certificate from the Shoalhaven City Council or an accredited certifier at any stage, providing the pool has been registered on the NSW State Swimming Pool Register. Application forms can be picked up from Shoalhaven City Council on Bridge Road, Nowra. Alternatively they can be downloaded at shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.
An inspection fee of $150 is payable when lodging the application. This includes an inspection of the property and issuing the certificate. Please note that should your pool be non-compliant and a further inspection is required, an additional inspection fee of $100 will apply.
If you’d like more information on how this may affect your property for sale, or investment property, please call our Sales Team on 4421 2644. Alternatively, you can contact the Shoalhaven City Council on 4429 3111.
*Council prices correct as at January 30, 2014.
EDIT: 07.04.14 The commencement date for pool owners to obtain the required certification has now been amended to April 29,2015. There has been no change regarding registering your pool via the swimming pool register.