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Building Permits

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Why Do I Need A Swimming Pool Permit?

Do You Need a Permit For a Swimming Pool?

As mentioned in our main Pool Permit section which you can find here, a Pool Permit is required for all swimming pools, spas and safety barriers (including barriers for above ground pools and inflatable pools greater than 300mm in depth), before construction or installation work can commence. Swimming pools and spas (both in-ground and above-ground) greater than 300mm in depth require a Building Permit.

This is to ensure that all pool regulations and requirements have been met in order to prioritise the safety of all those using the pool or those around the swimming pool.

Code HQ, along with other building surveyors, ensure that prior to commencing work on swimming pools or spas, they have been thoroughly assessed and comply with the relevant legislation.

Current Requirements for Swimming Pool Fencing

Alongside swimming pools, comes the importance of pool fences. There are set requirements and regulations for pool fences, where prior to commencing the construction of any swimming pool, need to be undergone in order to promote safety and increase functionality.

While pool fence regulations vary depending on which state in Australia, Victoria must adhere to the current Australian Standard AS1926.1.

That being said though, the standard criteria and requirements for swimming pool fencing generally across Australia consist of:

  • The minimum pool fencing height must be 1200mm
  • A minimum of 900mm must be kept from the top of the fence to climbable objects such as trees, pergolas, plants, furniture, etc.
  • Gaps in the fencing must be no larger than 100mm
  • Pool gates must be self closing and swing away from the pool
  • Pool gate latches must be mounted facing towards the pool

How Long Does It Take to Get a Pool Permit?

Similar to regular Building Permit applications, Pool Permits are typically assessed within 7 days of receiving them. Once all information is received, the permit is generally issued within 24-48 hours.


Need more information on your specific pool situation? – Request a quote today

Please submit your contact details and specifics of your project to receive a response from one of our staff. For most quotes, please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Larger projects are typically processed within 48 hours.

If you have not received a response within that time, please do not hesitate to contact us again!