New Regulations Apply

Protecting children from the dangers of backyard swimming pools.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children. Tragically, every year a number of children drown in backyard swimming pools. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is vital.

New regulations have been introduced in New South Wales to further protect the safety of children around backyard swimming pools.

Selling or Leasing Properties with Swimming Pools

From 29 April 2016, properties sold with a pool must have either:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration; or
  • A certificate of non-compliance.

When you buy a property with a non-compliant pool, you will have 90 days from settlement to fix any areas of non-compliance.

From 29 April 2016, properties leased with a pool must have either:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration.

A Certificate of Compliance will be issued following an inspection. To arrange an inspection, download a Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection Application Form and submit to Council. Once a registered pool is found to have a compliant barrier, Council will certify this on the NW Swimming Pool Register and a Compliance Certificate will be produced.

Non-compliant barriers will result in the issue of a Notice of Non-compliance Inspection report. A Certificate of non-compliance will then be issued from the NSW Swimming Pool register.

Registration of Swimming Pools

All swimming pools in New South Wales must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

If you require assistance registering your swimming pool, contact the Office of Local Government Hotline on 1300 922 310, or pools@olg.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, you may seek assistance in person at Parkes Shire Council's Planning & Environment Department.