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Regular safety checks of your pool fence and barrier

Tirohia tonuhia te haumaru o te taiapa, ārai rānei o tō puna kaukau

The Building Act 2004 requires your pool barrier to be inspected at least once every three years by council or an independently qualified pool inspector.

How to get an existing pool barrier safety check

Pool owners no longer need to book an inspection.

You will receive an email or letter from us letting you know the date our assessors will be in your neighbourhood. The email or letter will be sent around two weeks before the planned assessment date.

If our assessors will have trouble gaining access to the property – due to, for example, security restrictions or dogs – contact our pools team on 09 353 9143 or email: and let us know.

If our assessors come to your property and cannot gain access to the pool area, you will still be charged for the site visit and a return assessment time will need to be booked by you.

If the pool barrier fails the inspection, a re-check in 21 days will automatically be re-booked. Make sure you contact us if you are unable to get the work completed in time. Sites considered particularly dangerous will be re-checked after 48 hours.

If you have any questions, contact our pools team using the details above.

Cost of a pool safety site visit

Read fee table.
Swimming or spa pool site visit$128
​We charge this fee for every visit our pool assessor makes, whether the pool passes or fails the inspection, or if they visit but cannot gain access to the site.

The service fee applies for:

  • pool barrier inspections and re-inspections
  • site meetings for advice
  • empty pool visits
  • removed pool visits
  • indoor pool safety checks
  • pools and spas exempted from some or all of the requirements under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 (repealed)

Our tip

Our tip

Email photos of completed pool barrier work to for review instead of booking a return site visit by an inspector. There is a $65 inc GST charge for this service.

We can issue a 'Notice to fix' under the Building Act 2004 for a non-complying pool or pool barrier.

Check who is responsible for ensuring that a pool barrier complies.

Use our pool area safety checklist to ensure your pool is safe.

For payment information, see Pay a pool site visit invoice.

Who carries out pool barrier inspections

You can:

  • use one of our pool inspectors
  • hire an independently qualified pool inspector.

To find an independently qualified pool inspector (IQPI), see the pool inspector public register.

Our tip

If you choose an independently qualified pool inspector, they will issue a certificate of periodic inspection certifying the pool barrier complies.

Let us know If you choose to use an IQPI so that we can update our records.

How to let us know of your IQPI

Contact us on:

09 301 0101 or

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