• Inspection Title

  • Document ID

  • Client / Site

  • Location
  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

Inspection General

  • Type of Inspection?<br>

Property Inspected

  • Street/Road Number

  • Street/Road

  • Town

  • Property ID

  • Add location


  • Pool Type?

  • Has Swimming Pool Been Registered under Part 3A of the Act?

  • Does the dwelling form part of the pool barrier

  • Do boundary fences form part of the pool barrier?

  • General photo of pool


  • 1) Is the barrier in a good state of repair? (eg. no holes, missing panels or broken rails)

  • 2) Is the Pool fence at least 1200mm high at all points measured from the outside of the pool?<br><br><br>

  • 3) Are all boundary fences which form part of the pool barrier a minimum 1800mm high measured from the inside of the pool area?

  • 4) The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100mm<br>

  • 5) The gaps between all vertical members on fence and gate are no more than 100mm

  • 6) There are no potential footholds or handholds within 900mm of the top of the pool fence in any direction

  • 7) Is there a min 900mm NCZ from the highest LOWER horizontal to the next horizontal member on the pool barrier ?

  • 8) Is there a min 1000mm from the top of the bottom rail to the top of the pool barrier? (pool barrier must still be a minimum 1200)

  • 9) Is there a minimum 300mm clearance internal to the barrier? (Not applicable for solid panel barriers)

  • 10) Are all projections or indents on the approach side of the pool barrier less than 10 mm? (If greater, Must achieve NCZ with 900mm spacing between)

  • 11) If perforated materials or mesh fence are used with apertures not greater than 13mm x 13mm, barrier height must be minimum 1200mm

  • 12) If perforated or mesh materials are used with apertures greater than 13mm x 13mm (but not greater than 100mm), barrier height must be minimum 1800mm

  • 13) If a wall forms part of the barrier, there are no openings greater than 100mm

  • 14) Pool barrier is clear of any objects such as BBQ's, Trees, Rocks, Shrubs and Deck chairs that could help a small child climb over the fence

  • Other Notes

Intersecting Barriers

  • 15) Where a 1.8 metre boundary fence intersects a 1.2metre 900mm internal return (maintaining effective height of 1800mm) is required to satisfy non-climbable zone.

  • Other Notes

Access Gates

  • 16) Are the access gates in a good state of repair?

  • 17) Does the gate/s open outwards, away from the pool enclosure?

  • 18) Does the pool gate/s self close from any openable position without manual force?

  • 19) Does the pool gate self-latch into a fully locked position?

  • 20) Is the latching device a minimum 1500mm above ground level?<br><br>OR<br><br>Is the latching device located on the inside of the fence and surrounded by a 450mm shield so that it must be accessed by reaching over the fence or through a latch access point that is 1200mm above ground level?<br>Note: The gate latch itself must be at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point.

  • 21) If a shielded gate exists, is the shielded radius a minimum 450 mm from the latching device on all sides ?

  • 22) Are all hinges which protrude out from the gate with a horizontal top surface (depth greater than 10mm) spaced minimum 900mm apart?<br><br>OR<br><br>Alternatively, fitted with an angled capping (minimum 60* degrees) to prevent foothold potential.

  • 23) Is the gap under the pool gate a max of 100 mm when closed?

  • 24) Is the gate latch itself at least 150mm below the top of the fence or latch shield access point?

70) Retaining Walls

  • 25) When retaining wall is located above the pool level, the wall does not slope away from the pool by more than 15 degrees? <br>(measured from approach side)

  • 26) When the retaining wall is located below the pool level, the wall does not slope towards the pool area by more than 15 degrees? (measured from approach side)

  • 27) If construction material is of a climbable nature, the wall must be no less than 1800mm from finished ground level?

  • 28) For retaining walls between 1200mm - 1800mm in height, NCZ1 & 2 must be achieved measured from the approach side of the pool

  • 29) Where a retaining wall is less than 1200mm in height (measured from the approach side), and only forms a portion of the barrier, there must be no horizontal projections or indentations which could act as footholds or handholds?<br>(Achieving NCZ1 & 2)

  • 30) Where a complying retaining wall intersects a pool barrier, has a 900mm return been provided?<br>(Overhang A, B, or C)

  • 31) If a vertical or near vertical retaining wall or such barrier (max 15 degree off vertical ) exists on the high side of a pool, is the height of this item a minimum of 1800 mm?

  • Other Notes

FOR POOLS AND SPAS BUILT ON WATERFRONT, SMALL-SIZED (UNDER 230sq), OR LARGE PROPERTIES (OVER 2 HECTARES) Property owners had the choice of either fencing their pools, or having lockable doors and restricted window openings


  • 32) There is a latch on the door at least 1500mm above floor level on every door entering the pool area

  • 33) There shall be no footholds wider than 10mm on the door or its frame between the floor and 1000mm above the floor

  • 34) There are no pet doors or openings to the pool area greater than 100mm

  • 35) Garage doors fully comply with the above criteria and are fitted with fail-safe requirement in the event of a malfunction or power failure

Windows (forming part of the pool barrier)

  • 36) The windows can only open to a maximum of 100mm OR

  • The windows are totally covered by bars or a mesh screen OR

  • The height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window (to the pool area) is at least 1800mm from the ground

74) Balcony

  • 33) A balcony that protrudes into an NCZ which is less than 1800mm above finished ground level to the pool shall be fitted with a balustrade that complies with the standard to restrict access

Warning Sign

  • 34) Is there an appropriate warning sign, including details of resuscitation (CPR) techniques, in the immediate vicinity of the pool area and which can be easily read from a distance of 3 metres?

Inspection Details

  • Inspection Result

  • Issue compliance certificate?

  • Inspection Performed

  • Council Inspection Officer

  • NOTE: This is not a "Compliance Certificate" issued under Part 4A of the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

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