A swimming pool is defined in the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 as: “an excavation, structure, or product that is used or is capable of being used for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling, or bathing; and includes any such excavation, structure or product that is a spa pool
All swimming pools are required to be registered with Council to enable an examination of the fence by an inspector. This inspection is free of charge however if any faults are found, a fee will be charged on the same basis as for other building consents.
Under the Building Act 2004, a building consent is required for the erection of a swimming pool.
The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 requires that all pools, including spas, with a water depth exceeding 400 mm, which are not specifically exempted, are required to be fenced. Some inflatable and portable swimming pools have a water depth exceeding 400 mm and need to be fenced.
The fence must comply with the following criteria:
Any pool that is at least 1.2 metres above ground level, is not able to be climbed into and for which the access ladder can be removed and is removed when the pool is not being used, is exempt from the Act. Indoor residential pools are also exempt if their enclosure includes a self closing, self latching and self locking door.
The following is what an inspector will be looking for when inspecting the fencing of a swimming pool:
Pool owners must tell the Council if they have a pool or are intending to get or build one. All pools must be fenced to the standard set out in the Act. If a pool is not fenced to this standard, the owner must ensure the pool is kept empty. Everybody renting or leasing a house with a pool must ensure the pool is empty if it does not have a fence which complies with the Act.
The Council is required to take all reasonable steps to make sure that the Act is complied with.
Further information may be obtained from Building Services staff. Appointments Only by Arrangement
Westport office: 03 788 9111
Reefton office: 03 732 8821