If you are selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa, you must get a pool safety certificate from a licensed pool safety inspector.
Costs vary, so you may wish to shop around.
Some inspectors can also carry out minor repairs, such as adjusting or replacing a latch and removing climbable objects.
Selling and buying
If you are selling a property with a pool, you must give the buyer:
- a swimming pool safety certificate before settlement
If you are buying a property with a pool, and accept a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate, you:
- have 90 days from settlement to get a pool safety certificate
- are liable for any compliance costs to get your pool certified (unless otherwise negotiated as part of the contract).
Recently built pools
For pools built within the last 2 years, a final inspection certificate or certificate of classification issued by the building certifier can be used as a pool safety certificate for:
- 1 year for shared pools
- 2 years for non-shared pools.
Otherwise, a separate pool safety certificate is required if you are selling or leasing a property with a pool.
Leases, hotel stays and other accommodation agreements
If you are going to rent—or enter into another type of accommodation agreement for—your property, you must get a swimming pool safety certificate. However, this is only needed if a current pool safety certificate does not already exist.
For non-shared pools, such for houses, townhouses or units with their own pool or spa, you must get a pool safety certificate before entering into an accommodation agreement.
For shared pools associated with long-term accommodation, such as a pool in a unit complex, you must get a pool safety certificate within 90 days of entering into the accommodation agreement.