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Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Regulations

Do you require a permit to for a swimming pool or spa?

Permits must be obtained from the Devonport City Council for the installation and set-up of pools and spas (as defined below). Before building a swimming pool or spa, inflating a blow-up pool or spa and/or erecting related safety fencing, you need to check with the Council to find out if or what building and/or plumbing approval is required.


The Building Code of Australia (BCA) defines a swimming pool as an excavation or structure that:

It does not include a:

A portable wading pool is defined as:

Pool Fencing

Above-ground swimming pools and spas are required to have permanent safety barriers in the same manner as in-ground pools and spas, however, the walls of an above-ground swimming pool or spa may provide a barrier if they are at least 1.2m in height and so not have a surface which enables a child to gain a foothold and climb into the swimming pool or spa. Any objects that could be climbable by a young child, such as a pool ladder, pool filter, pump equipment or plumbing connection into the side of the pool, should be properly fenced or otherwise isolated.

Fencing regulations state that:

The placing of a cover or lid over the swimming pool or spa DOES NOT comply and is not acceptable. A safety barrier is required.

For more information click here(PDF, 468KB) [1].