Geelong Pool Inspections

Pool and spa safety barrier inspections

Regulations introduced in 2019 state that if you own a pool or spa in Victoria, the safety barrier must be registered with council and inspected every four years by an approved inspector. All Victorian pools and spas were due to be registered by 1 June, 2020.

Geelong Pool Inspections provides pool and spa barrier compliance inspections. We work with our clients and ensure you get the right advice and simple solutions to assist you to move through the certification process quickly. Servicing the Geelong region including the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and surrounding areas.

What you need to do - 4 step process

01

Register your pool or spa with council

Your council will then send a registration letter confirming when your pool or spa was constructed and which Australian standard it must be inspected under. Make sure to have this letter ready when you book your inspection.

02

Book your Inspection

Book a time with Geelong Pool Inspections to have your pool or spa barrier inspected for compliance. Our VBA registered building inspector will visit your property to carry out a comprehensive inspection of your pool or spa barrier in accordance with the relevant Australian standard.

03

Fix any Non- Compliant Items

If your safety barrier does not comply, work must be completed to ensure compliance. Once you’ve made the necessary rectifications we must re-inspect your pool or spa barrier within 60 days from the initial inspection date, and once it complies we will issue a Form 23 Certificate of Barrier Compliance.

04

Submit your Form 23 with Council

If your safety barrier complies, lodge the certificate of barrier compliance with your local council within 30 days. You will then need to have your swimming pool or spa barriers inspected every four years.

01

Register your pool or spa with council

Your council will then send a registration letter confirming when your pool or spa was constructed and which Australian standard it must be inspected under. Make sure to have this letter ready when you book your inspection.

02

Book your Inspection

Book a time with Geelong Pool Inspections to have your pool or spa barrier inspected for compliance. Our VBA registered building inspector will visit your property to carry out a comprehensive inspection of your pool or spa barrier in accordance with the relevant Australian standard.

03

Fix any Non- Compliant Items

If your safety barrier does not comply, work must be completed to ensure compliance. Once you’ve made the necessary rectifications we must re-inspect your pool or spa barrier within 60 days from the initial inspection date, and once it complies we will issue a Form 23 Certificate of Barrier Compliance.

04

Submit your Form 23 with Council

If your safety barrier complies, lodge the certificate of barrier compliance with your local council within 30 days. You will then need to have your swimming pool or spa barriers inspected every four years.

Pricing

Compliance Inspection

Required
300

Prices are all inclusive and may vary outside of the City of Greater Geelong and Torquay regions.

This is a comprehensive pool or spa barrier inspection carried out by our VBA registered pool inspector. If your safety barrier is compliant, a Form 23 Certificate of Barrier Compliance will be provided which you can then lodge with council within 30 days which completes your legal obligations.

If your barrier is deemed non-compliant, a detailed report with pictures will explain non-compliant items and provide examples of suggested fixes that will be required. You will have 60 days after the date of this inspection to complete the rectification works and bring your barrier into compliance. A re-inspection will then be required once you have brought the barrier into compliance.

Re-Inspection for Compliance

Required if non-compliant
100

Prices are all inclusive and may vary outside of the City of Greater Geelong and Torquay regions.

Once the non-compliant items have been repaired you can book a time for the inspector to return and conduct the re-inspection to issue your Form 23 Certificate of Compliance.

Compliance Inspection

Required
300

Prices are all inclusive and may vary outside of the City of Greater Geelong and Torquay regions.

This is a comprehensive pool or spa barrier inspection carried out by our VBA registered pool inspector. If your safety barrier is compliant, a Form 23 Certificate of Barrier Compliance will be provided which you can then lodge with council within 30 days which completes your legal obligations.

If your barrier is deemed non-compliant, a detailed report with pictures will explain non-compliant items and provide examples of suggested fixes that will be required. You will have 60 days after the date of this inspection to complete the rectification works and bring your barrier into compliance. A re-inspection will then be required once you have brought the barrier into compliance.

Re-Inspection for Compliance

Required if non-compliant
100

Prices are all inclusive and may vary outside of the City of Greater Geelong and Torquay regions.

Once the non-compliant items have been repaired you can book a time for the inspector to return and conduct the re-inspection to issue your Form 23 Certificate of Compliance.

Self-Assessment Checklists

Conducting your own self-assessment of your pool or spa barrier will assist you in understanding the safety requirements and some solutions to fixing problems.
The following VBA checklists are based on the relevant barrier standard associated with the date that the pool or spa was installed.

Checklist 01

For Pools and Spas installed before the 8th of April 1991.
Relevant Standard: Part 9A Building Regulations 2018 and AS 1926.1-1993

Checklist 02

For Pools and Spas installed between the 8th of April 1991 and the 30th of April 2010.
Relevant Standards: AS 1926.1 – 1986 or AS 1926.1 – 1993

Checklist 03

For Pools and Spas that were installed from the 1st of May 2010.
Relevant Standard: AS 1926.1-2007 or AS 1926.1-2012

About us

Marcus Illingworth

Marcus believes owning a pool or spa is a lifestyle choice and it’s something very special to be able to have the feeling of being on holidays while being in the safety of your own backyard. Sharing these moments with family and friends is what life is all about.

As a Bellarine Peninsula local Marcus has been working in the property and construction industries since 2008. During this time he has also become a VBA registered Building Inspector (Pool Safety) and has founded Geelong Pool Inspections.

Marcus has an excellent attention to detail and is committed to high standards. With a caring and friendly approach along with a keen eye for detail, Marcus will ensure his clients get the best advice to keep their pools safe and compliant.

FAQs

When should I register my pool or spa with council?

As of the 1st December 2019, it is mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with their relevant council.

How much will it cost to register my pool or spa?

Victorian pool and spa owners had until 1st of November 2020 to register their pool or spa with their local council. The council may charge a fee of up to $32.90 for this service.

For pools and spas constructed prior to 1st of June 2020, an information search fee of up to $48.80 may be charged.

Pools and spas constructed after the 1st of June 2020 must be registered within 30 days after issue of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection.

What happens after I register my pool or spa?

After registering your pool or spa, the relevant council is required to send you written notification confirming:

  • That your pool or spa has been registered
  • The date of construction of your pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard
  • Your right to appeal to the Building Appeals Board (BAB) in relation to the council’s determination of the date of construction of the pool or spa
  • The date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with the relevant council.

When must I lodge my certificate of pool or spa barrier compliance?

  • For pools and spas constructed on or before 30 June 1994, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2022.
  • For pools and spas constructed between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2023.
  • For pools and spas constructed between 1 May 2010 and 31 May 2020, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2024.

For pools and spas constructed on or after 1 November 2020, a certificate of barrier compliance is due within 30 days of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. The next certificate of compliance is due four years after registration.

I’ve recently purchased a property with a pool or spa. How can I check that it’s been registered?

Contact the relevant council to check if your pool or spa has been registered.

More information on the City of Greater Geelong website

When must I lodge my certificate of pool or spa barrier compliance?

  • For pools and spas constructed on or before 30 June 1994, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2022.
  • For pools and spas constructed between 1 July 1994 and 1 May 2010, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2023.
  • For pools and spas constructed between 1 May 2010 and 31 May 2020, a certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged by 1 June 2024.

For pools and spas constructed on or after 1 November 2020, a certificate of barrier compliance is due within 30 days of the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. The next certificate of compliance is due four years after registration.