Swimming Pool Compliance

Statistics show that several small children tragically drown or are injured in backyard swimming pools every year. If you have a pool within your property, it is your responsibility to ensure the pool has a properly maintained barrier that will satisfy the applicable pool safety requirements.

You can check your pool barrier for compliance and also register your pool by visiting swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au

With several thousand pools located in the Maitland area alone, the importance of efficient and compliant pool barriers cannot be underestimated. Remember, even if your pool barrier is compliant, there is no substitute for adequate supervision of children at all times. Child drownings have occurred where the pool gates were propped open and supervision momentarily lapsed. That is all it takes!

Every swimming pool that is capable of holding 300mm depth of water needs a barrier that complies with Australian Standards regardless of what type of pool it is, even blow up pools.

Every pool that is capable of holding 2000 litres or more requires an approval to install. You can download Development Application Forms from this page or pick up one from Council’s Customer Service desk. Help is available from Council’s Duty Building Surveyor from 8.30am to 12.30pm each business day. (t 02 4934 9700)

A useful publication entitled ‘Pool Safety Barriers’ is available from Council’s Customer Service on request.

Pool Barrier Compliance – Swimming Pool Inspections

Maitland City Council has a swimming pool inspection program commencing 29 April 2014 in accordance with the NSW Division of Local Government guidelines.

Inspections of swimming pools will be required in the following circumstances:

  • At least once every three years for any property providing tourist or visitor accommodation, or more than two dwellings.
  • Where a property owner requests an inspection.
  • Where a property containing a swimming pool is being sold or leased. *
  • Where Council has received a complaint about a swimming pool barrier.

Note: Fees for inspection and/or re-inspection apply.  Refer to the current Maitland City Council Fees and Charges or by contacting Customer Service

* Where an inspection (and any subsequent inspection) has been satisfactorily performed, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued for the pool barrier. The Certificate of Compliance will be valid for 3 years. Leased properties do not require re-inspection for 3 years after issue of a Certificate of Compliance.

To book a swimming pool barrier inspection please complete the Application for Certificate of Compliance form and then phone 02 4934 9700. Please try to allow at least 48 hours notice. 

Before making application for a swimming pool barrier inspection (Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance) you need to make sure that your swimming pool has been registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register (www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au).

For further information on the requirements when selling or leasing a property with a pool please see this page