Frequently Asked Questions
It is worth noting that there are 2 pool classifications
- Shared pools: If the residents of 2 or more dwellings constructed on regulated land have or will have a right to use a regulated pool situated on the land, the pool is a shared-pool. (Eg: A pool in a block of units with a body corporate or a pool shared by the guests of a Short-term accommodation provider such as a Hotel or Resort).
- Regulated Pools (Non-shared pools): If the residents of only 1 dwelling have constructed or own a regulated pool situated on regulated land of which no other lot owner has a legal right to use, the pool is a non-shared pool. (Eg: Home Pool).
Question: What time frame is a Pool Safety Certificate valid for? Answer:
- Shared Pools: 1 year
- Regulated Pools (Non-shared Pools): 2 years
Question: If I do not sell or lease my property, how long do I have to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate?
Answer: You may not require a Pool Safety Certificate, however you must still comply with the Qld Pool Safety standards. If you are unsure or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us, we will be more than happy to clarify any concerns that you may have.
Question: If I am buying a property is the seller required to provide me with a Pool Safety Certificate?
Answer: No – The seller can fill in a Form 36 – Notice of no pool safety certificate and present this form to the buyers. The buyers will then be responsible for obtaining a pool safety certificate within 90 days of the contract settlement date. If the seller doesn’t provide the buyers with a Form 36, they must provide the buyer/s with a copy of a valid Pool Safety Certificate
Question: What can happen if I do not get my pool inspected?
Answer: You could be breaching the Swimming Pool Safety Legislation and can be liable for a penalty of up to $16,500.
Question: How long does it take to get my Pool Safety Certificate after the inspection?
Answer: The Pool Inspector will send you the Pool Safety Certificate within 2 business days of the inspection if your pool was compliant.
Question: What happens if my pool fence/barrier is found to be non-compliant?
Answer: The Pool Inspector must provide you with a written report within 2 business days of the inspection outlining where your pool barrier is non-compliant and also recommend ways to fix the non-compliance issue/s in order to make it compliant. You will also be issued with a Form 26 – Pool safety nonconformity notice. You will then have 90 days to arrange the repairs to the barriers.
Question: Can I use a different pool inspector for the second inspection if my pool does not pass the first pool safety inspection?
Answer: No. You are legally obliged to use the same inspector from the original inspection. If you attempt to use a different pool inspector you could be liable for up to a $5000 fine.
Question: Part of my pool fence is my boundary fence; if this part is non-compliant can I ask my neighbour to pay for half of the cost?
Answer: Not usually, as the pool is on your side, it’s your responsibility to ensure your pool fence is compliant and pay for any repairs or upgrades required to meet compliance.
Please contact us if you have any questions.