Written by QBCC QLD Admin and published on https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/.
Owning a swimming pool comes with great responsibility. It is not enough to just make it pleasing to your eyes. You should also make sure that it is safe to use especially for younger kids. Aside from that, the pool should comply with the necessary pool standards.
Unfortunately, mistakes can be inevitable for pool owners. These common mistakes can make the pool non-compliant result in paying expensive fines. To help you prevent these mishaps, here is a blog post about 6 mistakes that make pool non-compliant.
What to do if your pool is non-compliant
A pool safety certificate is only needed if the property is sold or leased.
What happens if my pool doesn’t comply?
The purpose of a compliant pool is to provide a safeguard for young children from drowning or injury in regulated pools. If your pool is non-compliant, you may get a fine from your local government.
How to make your pool compliant and avoid a fine
- get advice from a licensed pool safety inspector about what to do to make your pool comply; or
- get a licensed pool safety inspector to do a formal inspection with a view to getting a certificate (for peace of mind).
If you choose to get a formal inspection and your pool doesn’t comply, you will receive a non-conformity notice. If you don’t request a re-inspection within three months, the pool safety inspector has to give a copy of the notice to your local government.
Can I sell my property if my pool doesn’t have a pool safety certificate?
Yes, you are still able to sell your property.
Complete the Form 36 – Notice of no pool safety certificate and provide a copy to the buyer and the QBCC. If you own a property with a shared pool, you will also need to provide a copy of the form to the owner of the pool (usually a body corporate). If you are the pool owner, you are responsible for ensuring the barrier is compliant with the pool safety standard at all times, even after providing/receiving the Form 36. Failing to do so may result in penalties.
Obtain a certificate within 90 days after settlement.
Leasing a property with a non-shared pool
You must hold a valid certificate before you lease your property.
Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/what-do-if-your-pool-non-compliant.