On December 1st 2019, new legislation was introduced regarding the mandatory registration of pools and spas on Victorian properties. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) have introduced these changes to improve the safety of Victorians around residential pools and spas.
In today’s blog, the team at Metro Property Management have rounded up all the need-to-know information on these changes for Victorians – so you’re well across your responsibilities. Let’s help you get registered!
What type of pools must be registered?
The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and relocatable pools.
Who must register?
If you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, you must register your pool and spa with your local council. This responsibility extends to property investors and landlords with pools or spas located on their investment properties. Registration is the responsibility of these landowners and not the obligation of tenants living at the premises.
How do I register?
To register, a landowner should contact the council in which their property sits. Each council website will detail the steps necessary to registering your pool or spa, including the fees payable. You will be likely be required to complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. Pool owners will need to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector (pool safety) to carry out the inspection and issue the compliance certificate. Pool owners are required to arrange an inspection and lodge the certificate with their local council by the due date.
Is there a deadline?
Yes, the deadline to registering an existing pool or spa without penalty is June 1st, 2020. So, now’s the time to act! If you’re currently constructing a pool or spa the deadlines will differ. If construction commenced before 1 June 2020 but is completed after 1 June 2020, you’ll have 30 days to register your pool after the date of issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. You will also be required to lodge the certificate of barrier compliance at the same time as your registration application. There are also different deadlines for relocatable pools and spas, so if you’re after the specific on those please visit the VBA website.
What are the fees and penalties?
There are a few different charges that a landowner may need to pay when registering their pool or spa, these are outlined below.
- Pool or spa registration fee – $31.84
- Information search fee (if applicable) – $47.24
- Failure to register swimming pool or spa within relevant timeframe – $1,652.20
- Failure to comply with barrier improvement notice by date specified –$1,652.20
We hope this reminder helps you to keep compliant and enjoy a safe swimming season in Victoria. If you’re after more insight on this legislation changes, visit the VBA here. And if you’re after further information caring for your property, get in touch with the friendly Metro Property Management team.