Swimming Pools

Pool safety is important to ensure the safety of our children and prevent drowning, which is the most common cause of preventable death of children aged 0-5 years. 

The Shire has a legislative obligation to ensure that swimming pools and spa safety barriers are inspected at least once every four years. This is to ensure the barriers are installed and maintained in accordance with AS 1926.1-1993, AS 1926.2-2007 & AS 1926.1- 2012 for pools as applicable.

A private swimming pool is a swimming pool and/or spa which has the capacity to contain water that is more than 300mm deep. Please note that inflatable and portable pools more than 300mm deep are not exempt from pool fencing laws. 

Building Permits

The Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012, requires that a building permit must be obtained prior to the construction or installation of a private swimming pool, spa or safety barrier. Note: The pool and safety barriers applications can be submitted separately

Building Permits can be obtained by either a certified or uncertified application, please refer to the Building Permit information tab on this website.

Checklist for uncertified pool application

Checklist for certified application

Swimming Pools and Spa Owners

Private swimming pools and/or spas are required to have a compliant safety barrier (fence) at all times. Pools with a side height of 1200mm clear may not require a full fence if the side complies as a pool safety barrier, however the section where the ladder, inlet and outlet pipes are located are required to be fenced. 

Pool fences must comply with AS1926.1 Swimming Pool Safety - Fencing for Swimming Pools, Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012. 

All private swimming pools holding more than 300mm of water must have a compliant pool fence to restrict access by young children and be inspected every 4 years.

Handy Tips for Pool and Spa Safety at Home

Here are some handy tips:

  • Always close the gate
  • Make sure that the gate self-closes and self-latches from all positions (propping a gate open is against the law and may result in a fine)
  • Remove all climbable objects adjacent to the pool/spa barrier (outside and inside)
  • Ensure continued maintenance of the safety barrier

Further Information

To obtain further information regarding swimming pool and spa barriers please contact the Shire's on 9622 6100 or email records@northam.wa.gov.au

You can also visit the Building Commissions website at this link: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/swimming-and-spa-pools

Rules for Pools Brochure is a handy booklet published by the building commission with helpful diagrams.

Home Pool Safety Checklist is a checklist to help you determine if you have a compliant pool fence.