Swimming Pools & Spas

Legislation in Western Australia requires the owner or occupier of a property with a private swimming or spa pool to install barriers around the structure for the protection of young children who may enter that area with or without the knowledge or consent of the owner/occupier. Owners or occupiers are required to maintain the barrier in such a condition that it functions at all times.

If the structure contains water to a depth greater than 300mm and is used primarily for swimming, wading, bathing or like activities then the structure is required to have a barrier installed which complies with the Australian Standard 1926.1 Swimming Pool Safety.

Not included in this definition are fishponds, dams (unless used as swimming holes), creeks, rivers and lakes.

All swimming pools require a Building Permit and are registered on the City’s Swimming Pool Register. Pool inspections are carried out every 4 years, or as required. A building permit is required for the erection of a swimming pool fence which should be erected prior to the pool being filled with water.

Building Services 9257 9860 during office hours to arrange visit or speak to a Compliance Officer.

For more information on swimming pool enclosures visit the swimming pool barriers section on the Department of Commerce website

Swimming Pool barriers/fences are not the only issues to be considered with pool safety, Education and Supervision are also very important aspects in saving children’s lives.

View Department of Commerce website: 'Thinking of installing a swimming pool or spa?'
Download Booklet: Rules for Pools & Spas
View best practice notes developed by WALGA

More Swimming Pool Safety Information:
Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive Program

Royal Life Saving Home Pool Operators Course

Department of Education Vacswim Program


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