Council is responsible for managing the Swimming Pools Act and Regulations in Sutherland Shire. We investigate reports of safety concerns, provide education on backyard pool safety and offer a swimming pool inspection program to help you ensure your pool is compliant.
Swimming pool safety is essential to prevent backyard drownings.
A swimming pool is defined as a structure that can be filled with 300mm of water or more and is used for swimming or other water activities. Pools include:
- concrete and fibreglass swimming pools
- inflatable swimming pools
- temporary or wading pools
- above-ground pools and spas.
These pools must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. The NSW Swimming Pool Register includes resources such as checklists and fact sheets. You can also look up a pool on the register.
All new pools must display updated CPR signs. Owners of existing pools must update their signage if their pool is substantially altered or rebuilt.
A Pool Certificate of Compliance cannot be issued to an unregistered pool. If you do not register your pool, you may be fined.
Council’s swimming pool inspection program
This program identifies pool barriers that do not effectively restrict access to pools in accordance with the Swimming Pools Act 1992.
An inspection will result in the issue of either a Certificate of Compliance or a Certificate of Non-Compliance from the NSW Swimming Pools Register.
High-risk pools are inspected every three years. Council officers may also schedule inspections for pools without a current Certificate of Compliance or as a result of complaints or reports.
Swimming pool barrier inspection
You can request a pool barrier inspection either from Council or a registered swimming pool inspector.
You can find a private certifier through NSW Fair Trading or the Swimming Pool Register.
Council has a responsibility as a regulatory authority to identify non-compliant pool barriers. Council may issue a notice to the pool owner if a barrier is found to be non-compliant.
If a pool is recorded as “not a significant risk”, a new owner has 90 days from settlement to comply. This 90-day allowance does not apply to existing property owners.
If Council has issued a Notice or Order under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, we are required to reinspect the pool to complete the action, even if the barrier has been inspected by a private certifier. Re-inspection requests for properties under a Notice or Order from Council must be submitted to Council, along with exemption certificate applications.