Swimming pool and spa registration
The Victorian Government introduced new legislation on December 1, 2019; requiring the registration of swimming pools and spas with Council no later than June 1, 2020.
The new regulations require land owners, including landlords, to be responsible for registering their pool or spa. It will also be their responsibility to engage a suitably qualified registered building practitioner (ie. Building Inspector or Building Surveyor), who will issue and lodge with Council a certificate of compliance or certificate of non-compliance. These inspections and certificates will need to be lodged with Council every 4 years.
Certificates of non-compliance will need to be acted upon.
The timeline for compliance certificates to be lodged is as follows:
- Pools and spas built on or before 30 June 1994, will need to have a compliance certificate lodged by 1 June 2021
- Pools and spas built between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, will need to have a compliance certificate lodged by 1 June 2022
- Pools and spas built on or after 1 May 2010, will need to have a compliance certificate lodged by 1 June 2023
Safety assessment checklists
Owners who wish to undertake the initial safety assessment themselves can follow a series of checklists provided by the Victorian Building Authority.
- Checklist 1 (for pools and spas installed before 8 April 1991)
- Checklist 2 (for pools and spas installed between 8 April 1991 and 30 April 2010)
- Checklist 3 (for pools and spas installed from 1 May 2010)
The State Government has provided the following guidelines for the fees applicable to the new regulations:
- A one-off registration fee of $79 to cover administration costs, including an information search fee.
- Compliance certificate lodgement fee $20.40
- Non-compliance certificate lodgement fee $385.10
Penalties may apply for late registration, late lodgement of certificates, or other infringements.
Please note, your pool or spa is not officially registered until payment is made. Payment can be made online via credit card, or via cash to the main Council office at 15 Hopetoun Street, Bendigo. If you wish to complete a hard copy form or require assistance with your online application, please see the front counter staff at the above address.
To find out more about registration requirements, inspections and compliance, please visit the Victorian Building Authority website.