The Victorian Government has introduced new requirements to improve swimming pool and spa safety, including inspection, maintenance and compliance requirements for property owners.
More time to get your pool registered
The deadline for the mandatory registration of private pools and spas has been extended due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Private pool and spa owners now have until 1 November 2020 to register their pools – an extension of five months from the original 1 June deadline. The new deadline is an acknowledgement of the extra pressure on families due to the pandemic.
The Victorian Government introduced new regulations in December last year to make swimming pools and spas safer and prevent young children from drowning.
If you own a pool or spa, you now need to:
- register your swimming pool or spa with Council before 1 November 2020
- arrange for an inspection of your pool or spa safety barrier for compliance every four years
- lodge a Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance Certificate with Council every four years
- pay the prescribed fees to Council upon registration and lodgement of the certificate.
Council will not be sending formal notification to owners, so be sure to register as soon as you are able before 1 November 2020.
If you do not register your pool or spa by the due date, there is a penalty of $1,652.20.
Why is the law changing
Pools and spas are the most common location of drownings for children aged five and under, and on average four children die in home pools and spas every year.
Eighty per cent of swimming pool and spa barriers in Victoria aren't meeting safety standards. The new state-wide regulations aim to make pools and spas safer for everyone, particularly kids aged five and under.
How to register your pool or spa
If you own a property that has a permanent or relocatable pool or spa, you need to register your details with Council:
- If you don't have an Online Services account, you will need to register an account online. This way you can keep track of your progress through the registration process. You’ll be required to register an account prior to registering your pool or spa.
- Council will be in touch within two business days to confirm your account has been created.
- Once your account has been created, you can register your pool or spa through Online Services.
There is a one-off registration fee of $79 set by the Victorian Government to cover administration costs, including an information search fee. You can pay with a credit or debit card or BPAY when you register.
If you're not able to register online, you can complete a swimming pool or spa registration form (PDF 76.2 KB) and submit it:
In person - along with your supporting documents and payment (cash, cheque, eftpos or credit card) at any Port Phillip Town Halls.
By post - send your form, supporting documents and cheque to:
Building Services, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag 3, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
You will need to pay by cheque as, for privacy reasons, we don't accept credit card payments in the mail.
What happens after you've registered
After you register, you will receive initial email confirmation that your pool or spa is registered.
You don't need to do anything else until we contact you with more information explaining:
- the date of construction of your pool or spa
- which standards apply to your barrier
- the date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with Council.