Pool legislation amendments to take effect January 2017


Ashburton District Council will begin enforcing new swimming pool legislation in January next year, following the passing of the Government’s new Building (Pools) Amendment Bill 2015 last week. 

Under the Bill, Council will be required to inspect and certify all outdoor pools in the District every three years, and will be able to issue ‘Notices to Fix’ to any owners with non-compliant pools.  

Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says the Bill introduces a number of changes to pool structure compliance which aim to clarify the requirements of installing and operating a swimming pool.

“Under the new legislation, pool owners will have the option of using alarmed gates and doors, rather than automatically locking gates, and certain spa pools with lockable lids will be exempt from fencing requirements,” he says.

Existing pools will continue to be compliant under the legislation if they complied with the Fencing of Pools Act 1987 or were granted an exemption before 1 January 2017.

Mr Wong says Council will begin working with swimming pool retailers and manufacturers to ensure the Bill’s implementation runs smoothly.

Information on the new Building (Pool) Amendment Bill will be available on the Council website in coming weeks.

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