Private Swimming Pools, Spas and Safety Barriers
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Private swimming pools and spas that are capable of containing a depth of water, 300mm or more, require a Building Permit; this includes inflatable and portable above-ground pools. A Building Permit must be obtained prior to the construction, installation or erection of a swimming pool or spa. All private swimming pools and spas are required to have a compliant safety barrier that surrounds the pool or spa in accordance with the applicable Australian Standard.
Pool pumps and filtration equipment should be suitably located in respect to adjoining properties in order to minimise impact on neighbours.
For further information, refer below to the City's detailed Private Swimming Pool and Spa information sheet or the Building Commission's publications below;
Under building legislation in Western Australia, it is compulsory to obtain a Building Permit for the installation of a swimming pool or spa safety barrier. The design and construction of safety barriers must comply with the applicable Australian Standard. Safety barriers can be constructed using any materials providing that they are durable and comply with the applicable Australian Standard. For further information, refer below to the City's detailed Safety Barrier information sheet.
Once installed, all swimming pools, spas and safety barriers are inspected and registered with the City of Armadale (the City) before they can be filled with water. This inspection is to assess the swimming pool, spa or safety barrier is compliant with the applicable building and Australian Standards. The City's Swimming Pool Inspector conducts pre-installation, final installation and 4 yearly maintenance inspections. The applicable cost for standard swimming pool, spa and safety barrier inspections is charged annually via your rates notice. Should you require an additional inspection due to your property being sold, additional fees will apply. To request an additional inspection, email the City's Building Services via firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your property address, contact details and reason for requesting the additional inspection. A Building Services Officer will contact you upon receiving your email request.
The building application process for a private swimming pool, spa or safety barrier is outlined on both the Private Swimming Pool and Spa information sheet and the Safety Barrier information sheet. Refer to the link below for an uncertified building application form.