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A pool safety certificate is an important legal requirement for all swimming pool owners in Australia. It is a document that confirms that the pool fencing, and its surrounding area meet the safety standards set by the government. One of the most frequently asked questions by pool owners is, “How long does a pool safety certificate last?”

The answer to this question is that a pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year for shared pools (properties with multiple owners or occupiers) and two years for non-shared pools (private residence)from the date of issue. If you are an owner-occupier you are not required to get another certificate after two years, it is only necessary to ensure that your pool fencing, and safety barriers remain compliant with the Queensland Development Code MP3.4 – Swimming Pool Barriers.

You need to maintain your pool fence and safety barriers to ensure they meet the standards. Regular checks and maintenance are critical to keeping your pool safe for everyone. You should make sure that your pool fence is well-maintained, and your pool gate is self-closing and self-latching. Regularly inspect your pool fence and gate to ensure they are working correctly.

https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/pool-safety

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/resources/guide/pools-safety-booklet

When do you need to get a new pool safety certificate?

You will need a pool safety certificate if you are selling, buying or leasing a property. You may also want to get a pool safety certificate for peace of mind. This is because the certificate is only valid for the current owner of the property. If you are selling your property, you will need to obtain a new certificate before the settlement date. You must provide the certificate to the buyer before the property settlement.

It is important to note that if you make any changes to your pool or surrounding area, you will need to obtain a new pool safety certificate. This includes changing the pool fence or making any modifications to the pool area. It is essential speak to our experienced pool safety inspectors if you make any changes to your pool area to ensure that your pool fence and safety barriers meet the current safety standards. A building approval is often required as anything other than a minor change will trigger an assessment by a Building Certifier.

https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/pool-safety/pool-laws-and-standards/fences-and-barriers

https://www.epw.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/4112/guidelinesforpoolownersandpropertyagents.pdf

 

Video Transcript:

How long does a pool safety certificate last? For a residential pool safety certificate, it’s two years, but you’re not required to get another certificate. All you need to do is to make sure that your pool fencing remains compliant. You really only need to get a new pool safety certificate when you go to sell or lease your property in the future.

 

To find out more about getting a pool safety certificate or to book a pool fence inspection, call our office at any time.

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