What is classified a pool/spa

A swimming pool or spa is classified as containing 300mm or more of water. This includes inflatable or portable pools.

Dams and ponds are not classed as swimming pools.

Building permit requirements

A Building Permit is required for the construction, erection, assembly or placement of a swimming pool and/or spa that is capable of containing a depth of water of more than 300mm.

Inflatable and portable above ground pools are not exempt and will require a Building Permit.

All swimming pool and spa safety barrier fencing require a Building Permit.

Apply for a building permit

Visit the 'Building permit applications' page for information on how to apply, including fees.

The information sheets below provide more information and checklists on supporting documentation required with your application.

You are also advised to visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to access the Rules for pools and spas guide and Skimmer box safety.

Swimming pool fence inspections

The City is required to inspect swimming pool and spa fencing once within 4 years. Swimming pool and spa fence inspection information is as follows:

  • The City will write to owners when an inspection is due
  • The City's inspector is authorised to access a property to conduct an inspection 
  • An annual fee is charged via rates notices for standard inspections
  • Requested additional inspections incur an additional fee.

To book an appointment or request an additional inspection, please contact us.

Reporting an unsafe swimming pool, spa or fence

To report a safety issue, please contact us.

Page Last Reviewed 3 December 2021