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Time to Start Getting Pools Safe Before Selling or Leasing

What’s new or changing?

Earlier this year, the NSW State Government postponed provisions requiring any property with a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it can be sold or leased.

It is now intended the provisions will commence on 29 April 2015. After this date, pool owners will have to ensure swimming pool barrier compliance prior to the sale or lease of their property.

What this means for our Local Councils

Councils across NSW are in the process of establishing swimming pool inspection programs.

Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council may undertake the mandatory inspections portion of their pool inspection program associated with tourist and visitor accommodation and multi-occupancy properties.

Key Points

Local Council officers’ feedback indicates that high inspection failure rates of swimming pools mean that it is not uncommon for it to take 3 months from first inspection to the issuing of a compliance certificate.

The additional work being generated for repairs and upgrades to swimming pool barriers is placing pressure on pool trades and services. So if you have a swimming pool, we suggest you get compliant and don’t leave it too late.

Councils are attempting to increase awareness of property owners with the new requirements as well as ensuring that they have appropriate systems, processes and resources to respond to requests from property owners for inspections.

Further information can be obtained by calling our Byron Bay or Lismore office.


Adam Robson