COFFS Harbour City Council has issued a warning to households with swimming pools ahead of summer.
“It’s important people understand that, by law, all pool structures that are capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm – about a foot deep – require development approval from council,” council’s land use management manager Robert Percival said.
“This means all pools that can be filled to this depth, whether they are permanent structures or otherwise.
“This legal requirement applies to existing pools as well as new ones.”
Mr Percival said owners of private pools were obliged to apply for a final occupation certificate for their pool following its construction.
Council’s building surveyors can carry out inspections to advise if pools meet the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act, regulations, and the relevant Australian standards. A fee of $70 is levied for the inspection and issue of a compliance certificate. The council is currently sending copies of the NSW Government’s swimming pool laws brochure and home pool safety checklist to all private pool owners who have been issued with a final occupation certificate.