Pool Barrier Certifications


Get your pool barrier inspected to ensure it’s safe for your family and meets Australian standards

Having a pool is a great addition to your home, but it’s important to make sure that both your pool and its surrounding barrier meet minimum Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia to keep both you and your family safe. Elite Building and Pest Services are qualified to conduct pool barrier inspections and certifications in line with the Australian laws.


Pool fencing laws in NSW

There are 3 different safety standards for pool fencing/barriers in NSW, which are determined based on when the pool was constructed.

· AS 1926-1986, fences and gates for private swimming pools which applies to pools constructed prior to 30 August 2008

· AS 1926.1 – 2007, swimming pool safety, Part 1 safety barriers for swimming pools which applies to pools constructed between 1 September 2008 to 30 April 2013

· AS1926.1 – 2012, swimming pool safety, Part 1 safety barriers for swimming pools constructed after 1 May 2013

At Elite Building and Pest Services, we will determine the age of your pool and apply the correct laws in line with its construction date. For more information about the specifics of relevant pool fencing laws in NSW, visit Fair Trading NSW.

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A closed gate at the entrance to the pool

Why do I need to have my pool fencing certified?

Drownings account for almost all pool related deaths in children under 5 years old. This is a scary statistic and its something that can help to be prevented by having a certified fencing around the pool.


When should my pool barrier fencing be certified?

It essential that your pool fence is certified:

· When you are selling or leasing a residential property

· When your residential property is used for temporary accommodation such as AirBNB or weekend holiday rental

· When children will be visiting or living at the property

· When you replace/update fencing compartments

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Inflatable pool regulations

Despite inflatable pools being temporary fixtures, when installed, they must also still comply with NSW pool fencing laws. Warning labels must be observed and attached to the side. Pool water, even when shallow should be regularly emptied to avoid contamination of stale and pools should be stored away when not in use to avoid potential drownings.


NSW pool fencing measurements

In NSW, a pool fence must:

· be at least 1.2m high (as measured from the finished ground level)

· not leave a gap at the bottom bigger than 10cm from the finished ground level

· if a boundary fence is part of the pool fence, the barrier must be 1.8m high or 1.2m high for Pools built or installed before 1/9/2008

· not have gaps of more than 10cm between any vertical bars in the fence

· if containing horizontal climbable bars, have these spaced at least 90cm apart

· perforated or mesh barriers must have gaps no greater than 13mm for fence heights of 1.2m

· perforated or mesh barriers of 1.8m height with holes greater than 13mm must not exceed 100mm

· the pool fence must be well maintained and in good working order

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Luxury salt water pool and patio in a residential backyard.

Pool gates and latches

It is essential that all pool fences contain reliable and functioning gates and latches to protect from unauthorised entry. Always check your pool gate and latch when leaving to ensure:

· is never propped open and is always kept shut

· swings outwards (away from the pool area). If it does not swing outwards, the gate must be re-hung so that it does.

· shuts automatically from any open position, without having to forcibly close it.

· automatically locks (self-latches) when it closes.


Pool fence and gate maintenance

All pool fences and gates should be regularly maintained to comply with Australian Standards and Building Codes. Manufacturers will provide written instructions on how to properly maintain your structure, but you can get certification provided by experts, Elite Building and Pest Services.

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Book your pool certification inspection with Elite Building and Pest Services

At Elite Building and Pest Services, we can provide you with a comprehensive pool fencing certification inspection. We can supply a certificate of compliance and give advice on areas of non-compliance and potential safety concerns that need to be correct prior to a certificate being issued. If you need your pool space inspected, look no further than our experienced and reputable team.

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