Pool Fencing Laws & Regulations in NSW
Southern Cross Frameless Glass will install a Pool Fence compliant with NSW laws. As a NSW licensed professional, you can trust us to provide compliant glazing products. More importantly keeping your pool legally fenced will keep your children and guests safe.
Below is a summary of pool fencing regulations and should be used as a guide only.
You must, by State law, have a four sided fence around any pool that can be filled with more than 300mm of water, this includes inflatable and portable swimming pools. However, it is not as simple as getting any fence installed. The requirements for pool fencing vary depending on when the pool was built, where the pool is located and if there are physical and technical requirements.
For pools built before 1 August 1990: Access to the pool from the house must be restricted at all times. Windows and doors may form part of the barrier, but they must be compliant.
For pools built between 1 August 1990 and 1 July 2010: The pool must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house. Some exemptions apply to pools on very small properties (less than 230 square metres), large properties (2 hectares or over) and those on waterfront properties.
For pools built after 1 July 2010: All new pools must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house.
Pool fencing physical requirements are:
Trees, shrubs or any other objects such as a barbeque, pot plants, toys, ladders and chairs must not be within the 90cm 'non climbable zone'. This is so that a child can not use them to climb over the fence.
The 'non climbable zone' is a zone measured in an arc shape from the top of the outside of the pool fence arching towards the ground. Any part of the boundary fence that is part of the pool fence or is within the 90cm 'non climbable zone' must not have any horizontal bars.
Doors in pool barriers
If you have a door that forms part of a pool barrier you must make sure that:
Gate closing and latching devices
Check to ensure that your pool gate:
If the gate does not shut and lock automatically, the pool gate should be permanently fastened until a new lock and closing device can be installed.
Use the Self Assessment Checklist to make sure your pool or spa is compliant with state laws.
NSW pool owners are required to register their backyard swimming pools in an online register.
Visit the register at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au and follow the easy registration steps.
WARNING: All properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold or leased without a valid certificate or relevant occupation certificate.