FAQs

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

What happens if I don’t register my pool or spa?

  • If you do not register your pool or spa within the required period, you may face an on-the-spot fine of approximately $330 or a penalty of up to $1,652.20.
  • If the council becomes aware of the pool or spa on your property, they will send you a written notice requiring you to register the pool or spa. You will also be required to pay the registration fee and information search fee (if applicable).

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.

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.

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.