All new pools and spas must be registered.
Find out more about registration on the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website.
If your pool was built after the 1 November 2020 and the construction is complete, you must register and also provide a Form 23 – Certificate of Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance, which will be issued by your Private Building Surveyor.
It costs $54 to lodge your registration and compliance certificate.
Register your pool or spa & submit a compliance certificate
Pools/Spas built before 1 November 2020
If your pool was built before the 1 November 2020, you must register your pool/spa. Please contact the Planning Team on 9581 4130 and we will provide you a form to register.
Once you register the pool, we will send an email to let you know when you must lodge your first compliance certificate.
Arrange an inspection of the safety barrier by a Pool Inspector/Private Building Surveyor. This can be done by a registered building surveyor, building inspector or a builder registered for inspections. We suggest you get at least two quotes.
Read more about inspection and compliance on the VBA website.
What to do before a pool inspection?
Use the appropriate checklist from the VBA once you’re given the relevant construction date and barrier standard from Kingston Council as part of your registration paperwork.
What do you do after the inspection?
After inspecting the pool or spa safety barrier, the inspector will either:
1. Issue you with a Form 23 certificate of safety barrier compliance, or
2. If the barrier does not meet the barrier standard, the inspector will:
- issue a written notice of repairs needed (they will re-inspect within 60 days), or
- issue an immediate Form 24 certificate of safety barrier non-compliance if the barrier is a safety risk, or unlikely to be repaired within 60 days.
How to make repairs or changes?
We recommend you get at least two quotes from reliable private contractors to do the repairs. Also note that some Pool Inspectors/Private Building Surveyors are able and allowed make some minor barrier alterations for you.
Your registered building inspector will provide you with a Form 23 certificate of barrier compliance.
It costs $21.10 to lodge your compliance certificate.
When to lodge your compliance certificate?
It depends when your barrier was built. Your certificate is only valid for 30 days, so lodge it as soon as you receive it. You can be fined for not lodging it by the due date.
Pools and spa built 30 June 1994 or earlier
Lodge compliance certificate by 1 June 2022
Pools and spa built from 1 July 1994 until 30 April 2010
Lodge compliance certificate by 1 June 2023
Pools and spa built from 1 May 2010 until 31 October 2020
Lodge compliance certificate by 1 June 2024
Pools and spa built after 1 November 2020
Lodge compliance certificate within 30 days of occupancy permit/final inspection certificate to avoid possible future fines.
Submit a compliance certificate only
How to lodge a non-compliance certificate?
A pool inspector issues a Form 24 certificate of safety barrier non-compliance if there’s a serious safety issue or repairs have not been made after a re-inspection. The pool inspector must lodge the Form 24 certificate of safety barrier non-compliance with us.
The fee for a non-compliance barrier is $397.50.
Submit a non-compliance certificate
You must update your certificate of registration every four years. You don’t need to re-register, but you’ll need another Form 23 certificate of safety barrier inspection to make sure it still meets our standards. Once you get your new Form 23 certificate of safety barrier compliance, you can lodge it online with us within 30 days of it being issued.