In Victoria, the design, construction and installation of swimming pools, spas and their safety
barriers are subject to strict building requirements under the Building Regulations 2018.
Any home-owner who engages in building a pool or spa and associated safety barriers must
familiarise themselves with the Regulations.
Pool and spa owners have legal obligations to maintain their safety barriers at all times. Non-
compliance, for any reason, can increase the risk of drowning and lead to prosecution.
Swimming pools and spas in Victoria must comply with the following requirements:
Swimming pool and spa safety facts
Swimming pools and spas holding 30cm of water or more must have a safety fence or barrier.
Safety barriers must be a minimum of 1.2 metres high.
Barrier gates must be self-closing and self-latching, and should never be propped open.
Outdoor pools and spas built since 1 May 2010 must not have direct access to the pool area
via a door from a building.
Safety barriers should be clear of any object that children can use to climb into a pool or spa
Inflatable pools holding 30cm of water or more have the same safety standards as all other
pools and spas.
A building permit, issued by a registered building surveyor, must be obtained to construct a
pool or spa, as well as the associated safety barriers. You can apply for a building permit
through your local council's municipal building surveyor or a private building surveyor.
The building permit must be issued by a registered building surveyor or either a municipal or
private building surveyor. A municipal building surveyor can be engaged by making contact
with your local council. An application for a building permit must include details of the type and
location of all barriers, including latches, catches, self-closing and self-latching devices, and fly
Once the building work is completed, the "person in charge of the building work", as outlined in
the building permit, must notify the relevant building surveyor who will do a final inspection of
the completed swimming pool or spa and safety barriers. The relevant building surveyor needs
to be satisfied that the work has been built according to the building permit and the