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Swimming pool fencing

Pool safety message

All regulated pools must comply with the pool safety standard. Please note, there is no statutory provision for the City of Gold Coast (City) to offer an extension of time to the State Government requirement for a property owner to comply with the pool safety standard.

If you would like to know whether your pool complies with the pool safety standard, you are encouraged to consult a licensed Pool Safety Inspector. Pool Safety Inspectors can be found on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website or by calling QBCC on 13 93 33. Licenced Pool Safety Inspectors are qualified to provide advice on how to make your pool barrier comply with the pool safety standard. This service is not offered by the City.

The City's role

The role of the City’s Development Compliance Unit is to inspect reports of non-compliant pool barriers. Where it is determined that a regulated pool does not comply with the applicable standard, an enforcement notice may be issued under the Building Act 1975, requiring the pool owner to provide a pool barrier that complies with the pool safety standard. If compliance remains outstanding, fines may be issued for non-compliance.

The City is willing to work with pool owners however, the swimming pool must be made safe and inhibit the access of young children to the pool. The legislation allows temporary pool fencing to be used instead of a permanent barrier. The temporary fencing may be used for up to three (3) months. The provision of a temporary fence should allow sufficient time for a permanent barrier to be erected and avoid a fine being issued.

If you would like to report non-compliant pool fencing, visit our Report a problem – Planning and Building compliance page and complete our online form.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death of young children in Queensland. Properly maintained pool fencing reduces the risk of death and serious injury, and saves lives.

As a pool owner, you are legally responsible for ensuring pool fencing is kept in good condition maintained and compliant with the pool safety standard. 

The City views pool safety as a serious matter, and will consider enforcement action should a pool not comply with  the pool safety standard.

What do I have to do as a pool owner?

  • Ensure your pool fencing complies with the pool safety standard and all barriers for the pool are kept in good condition.

Pool safety general information

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission website provides general information regarding pool safety requirements, including the registration, inspection and certification process for pools.

Pool fencing exemptions

The owner of a regulated pool may apply to the City for an exemption from complying with a part of the pool safety standard on the following grounds:

  • Disability - a person with a disability is, or is to become, an occupier of land on which a regulated pool is situated and it would be physically impracticable for the person, because of the person’s disability, to access the pool if it had barriers complying with the pool safety standard. The City may require the applicant to provide medical evidence to support the application.
    Note: the City may only exempt a person from complying with a part of the pool safety standard to the extent reasonably necessary to allow a person with a disability to access the pool.
  • Impracticality - the owner of the pool must identify the part of the pool safety standard for which the owner is seeking the exemption and show compliance with the part of the pool safety standard is not practicable.
    The following grounds are not sufficient for impracticality exemptions:
    • aesthetics
    • no children reside on, or visit, the property
    • the property is rural or remote
    • the property is only occupied for periods of short duration.

An application for an exemption can be made with the City for a non-refundable fee. Please refer to the register of fees and charges for the current fee. If you would like to apply for an exemption for swimming pool fencing on the grounds of disability or impracticality, please call us on 07 5667 5978.

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