Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to register my pool?
All pools in Queensland must be registered with the QBCC. To list your pool on the pool safety register, visit qbcc.qld.gov.au
Do I need a pool safety certificate?
Both shared, or non-shared pools do not need a pool safety certificate to sell a property. For selling a property, there are additional requirements. Read about them in the ‘know what you’re buying’ section above or on QBCC’s website.
When leasing a property with a non-shared pool, the owner should provide a pool safety certificate before entering into the accommodation agreement. Renting a property with a shared pool is a little more complicated, and you can find more details on the QBCC website.
Even if you’re not selling or leasing, it’s your duty of care to seek a pool safety certification to safeguard children from drowning. Contact us to get advice from our licensed pool safety inspector about an inspection and what you can do to make your pool comply.
Who can issue a pool safety certificate?
Only a pool safety inspector licensed by QBCC can issue a pool safety certificate. You can check to see if there is already a certificate for the pool by searching the QBCC pool register.
How long are pool certificates valid for in Queensland?
Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.
Do I have to display my pool safety certificate?
Shared pools must have the certificate displayed at the main entrance to the premises or a gate or door accessing the pool.
What happens if my pool doesn’t comply?
If our pool certifier finds your pool or spa doesn’t comply, we will issue you a non-conformity notice (Form 26). This notice will advise how the pool doesn’t comply and what is needed to make it comply.
At Admired Building & Pest, we have a license to carry out certain minor repairs. The pool owner can also carry out certain repairs or engage another contractor to perform them. You can refer to schedule 2C of the Building Regulation 2006[i], which sets out the repairs and maintenance work pool owners can carry out. Schedule 2B sets out the minor repairs an appropriately licensed inspector may do.
If you need your pool re-inspected within three months after receiving the non-conformity notice, you must reengage the original inspector.
Can you sell a house without a pool safety certificate?
Yes, you can sell a property without a pool safety certificate. See the section above named “Know What You’re Buying” for more information.
Is my pool compliant in Qld?
You can complete an interactive pool compliance checklist to determine if your pool meets the current safety standards,
How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in Qld?
Use the compliance checklist mentioned above.
How often do I need to get a pool safety inspection?
Yearly for a shared pool and every two years for a non-shared pool.
What do you check during a pool inspection?
We are not just a pool fence certifier. We check everything from pool barriers and pool fencing to pool barrier gates, doors, windows, balconies, and signage during an inspection.
Are you only Brisbane pool certifiers?
No, our pool inspection service is not limited to Brisbane! We carry out pool inspections on the Gold Coast and in Logan, as well as issuing pool safety certificates in Ipswich qld.
As a tenant, am I responsible for pool compliance inspections?
The property owner is responsible for obtaining a pool safety certificate. However, as a tenant, you are responsible for ensuring the gate is closed, and that there are no climbable objects around the pool or spa fence.
If you rent a property and decide to buy a spa, portable pool or swimming pool, you must ensure the pool has a compliant fence or barrier as required in the Queensland Development Code for Swimming Pool Barriers.[ii]
What is classed as a swimming pool?
A swimming pool is an above or below ground structure primarily used for swimming or bathing, or a portable pool or spa (including kiddy pools), that can hold at least 300mm of water. If you own one, the pool safety laws apply to you. A depth of 30cm may seem like the smallest amount of water, but it can be deadly if there are improper safety measures. The standard applies to new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks and mobile van parks.
The material and information on this page are for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on this page as a basis for making any business, legal, or other decisions without engaging our licensed pool safety inspector and seeking up-to-date information from the QBCC.