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Whether you’re buying, selling or renting your property out to tenants, you may be required to have a Pool Safety Certificate. On 1st December 2010, the Queensland government established further safety laws, making Pool Safety Inspections a requirement when selling or leasing a property.

Pool Safety Inspection

Glass and Aluminium Barrier Panels

What happens if I don’t have a Pool Safety Certificate?
  • Private Property Owner: A Pool Safety Certificate is a requirement of settlement in Queensland. Without it, the sale may be delayed. However, a buyer can assume responsibility, extending the requisite period to 90 days after settlement, but a Certificate must still be obtained.
  • Landlords: A landlord’s livelihood sometimes rides on their investment or rental property income. If you own a property with a Pool or Spa, you will not be able to rent your property to any tenant, without a Pool Safety Certificate.  A Non-Shared Pool must be Re-Certified every 24 months.
  • Body Corporate: A Pool Safety Certificate is required to be Re-Certified every 12 months for Shared Pools and every 24 months for an Individual Unit/Apartment’s Non-Shared Pool or Spa.

A Pool Safety Inspection is easy to arrange. Our Pool Safety Inspectors deliver a timely and comprehensive service.  If there are minor repairs necessary, our Inspector, who is qualified to carry out minor repairs, will endeavour to do the minor repairs immediately and this will avoid any Re-Inspection fees or delays in attaining Certification.

Pool Safety Inspectors – Did You Know?

There are two types of PSI (Pool Safety Inspector), those that have a condition on their licence stating, Not Permitted to carry out minor repairs on regulated pools and those without such a condition. These PSIs without such a condition can carry out minor repairs to regulated pools.  Pool Safety Inspectors who are not permitted to carry out minor repairs on regulated pools are breaking the law if they even try to adjust the tension on a gate hinge.

The following Link will help in identifying Pool Safety Inspectors with the appropriate qualifications to carry out minor repairs. Once you have located the PSI you wish to check on, look under the View Details link and scan to the bottom to view their Licence Details and check the Conditions for that Licencee:

http://www.smarteda.qld.gov.au/pools/inspectors/inspectorSearch.action

People seeking Pool Safety Inspection services for their pools and who believe their pool may be in need of extra attention to comply with the new Standards, need to be aware that some PSIs are not permitted to carry out any corrective actions to assist in meeting compliance.

At PBRS, one of our Pool Safety Inspectors has the appropriate qualification, Registered Builder Low-Rise, which allows that Inspector to carry out minor repairs. In most cases, this additional ability to repair the pool barrier components, results in the repairs being conducted at the time of Inspection, which then can eliminate the need for Re-Inspection fees and delays in attaining Certification.

Pool Safety Certificate

Pot Plants in the No Climb Zone (NCZ)

When the new Pool Safety Standard has to be met

Pool Owners have until 30th November 2015 to comply with the new Pool Safety Standards, or earlier if their property is sold or leased before then. This does not mean you must have a Pool Safety Certificate, it simply requires that your pool fence meets the requirements of the new Pool Safety Standards. If you are selling a property with a non-shared pool such as pools for houses or townhouses or units with their own pool or spa, you must have either:

  • A pool safety certificate, obtained before settlement of a contract, or
  • A notice of no pool safety certificate – form 36 issued before contract and before settlement advising the buyer that a certificate must be obtained within 90 days of settlement.
Pool Safety Register

All Pools and Spas in Queensland need to be registered. All swimming pools and Spas were required to be included on the state-based Pool Safety Register by 4th November 2011. The below link allows Pool Owners to check if their Pool or Spa is registered and how to register if it is not:

Swimming Pool Inspection

Palm Branches in the No Climb Zone (NCZ)

http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/PoolSafety/Pages/PoolSafetyRegister.aspx

The 7 Most Common Issues Related To Pool Safety
  1. Non-compliant gate latches and/or hinges
  2. Distances between vertical members are greater than 100mm
  3. Distances below bottom railings are greater than 100mm
  4. Climbable objects abutting the pool enclosure (trees, garden pots, A/C units, etc.)
  5. Fence height is below 1200mm
  6. Climbable fence rails on neighbouring fence line
  7. No current Pool Resuscitation sign secured in a visible location.