Your pool and spa registration is overdue

The deadline for the mandatory registration of private pools and spas was 1 November 2020.

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 lodgment of the certificate.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Council will be in touch within two business days to confirm your account has been created.
  3. Once your account has been created, you can register your pool or spa through Online Services.
    There is a one-off registration fee of $84.90 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 97.6 KB) and submit it:

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 have registered

After you register, you will receive initial email confirmation that your pool or spa is registered with the following information: 

  • 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.

What happens if I don't register my pool or spa

If it is brought to our attention that you have an unregistered pool or spa on your property/land, you will receive a written notice requiring you to register your pool or spa. Failure to comply with the written notice, may result in either enforcement action or an infringement penalty of $1,652.20.

Please note: Council will not be sending formal notification to owners, so be sure to register as soon as you are able.