Pool Fence Regulations Queensland
This eBook contains special information about pool fence regulations in Queensland.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Pool Fence Regulations Queensland: An OverviewThe local government has introduced stringent pool fence regulations Queensland after ithas been revealed that drowning is a leading cause of fatalities for children aged one to fouryears. Some key changes have been introduced to already existing regulations including therequirement for pool safety certificates when buying, selling, or leasing any property with apool. Owners of private and public pools are required to upgrade pools according to thenew standards by 30 November 2015.New and Existing PoolsNew regulations have been announced for new and existing pools. All new swimming poolsto be constructed need to have a building approval and will be subject to mandatoryinspections after a pool safety barrier has been installed and certified. Temporary fences
are allowed for the first three months following the pool’s construction, after which apermanent glass pool fencing must be set up.For existing pools, Queensland has replaced 11 different pool safety standards with one:the Queensland Development Code, Mandatory Part 3.4.The new pool safety laws will beapplied beyond residential pools to indoor pools associated with caretaker residences,hotels and motels, caravan parks, backpackers, mobile home parks, and homestays. Thecode also calls for all portable pools and spas filled with at least 300mm of water to befenced. Mandatory inspections for immersion incidents will also be conducted.Selling/Leasing Property with PoolProperty owners are given the responsibility to obtain a pool safety certificate for theirpools before entering into any selling/leasing transaction. The certificate must be issued bya licensed pool safety inspector following due inspection. An owner may alternatively issuethe buyer a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate (Form 36) before a contract of sale is signedor before settlement. The buyer will have to get the required pool safety certificate 90 daysafter settlement. As the new owner, he/she will now be liable for all costs associated withgetting a pool safety certification unless otherwise arranged.Here Are The RegulationsTo improve pool safety in Queensland, all owners need to: Adjust or replace fittings to make pool fence gates self-close at all points. Build the pool fence at a height of 1200mm from top to bottom. He ground must be levelled to ensure that an existing fence still meets this requirement. Remove or block climbable objects within 900mm of the barrier, as well as the pool surroundings. Remove tree branches that may be used as means for climbing over the fence. Install security screens on windows that open up to the pool enclosure.Pool Safety RegisterUnder the new pool safety regulations, all pools must be listed with the Queensland poolsafety register, which also lists down all regulated pools in the state, issued pool safetycertificates, and licensed pool safety inspectors. All existing pools should have beenregistered on 04 November 2011 and upgraded according to new regulations. Variousfencing types, including frameless glass pool fence, are approved for use by pool fenceregulations Queensland.