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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
says Council will begin working with swimming pool retailers and manufacturers
to ensure the Bill’s implementation runs smoothly.
on the new Building (Pool) Amendment Bill will be available on the Council
website in coming weeks.