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Non-complying pools or pool barriers

What happens if your pool or pool barrier is non-compliant

A re-inspection will be required, for which you will be charged.

You are required to carry out the necessary work before the re-inspection.

We can issue a 'Notice to fix' requiring you to drain the pool and keep it empty until the required work is complete and checked.

You should know

If you do not comply with the 'Notice to fix', you could face prosecution, a maximum fine of $5000, and a criminal conviction.

Persons responsible for ensuring a pool barrier complies

The following persons must ensure compliance of the pool barrier:

  • owner of the pool
  • pool operator
  • owner of the land on which the pool is located
  • occupier of the property in or on which the pool is located
  • purchaser of the pool, if the pool is subject to a hire purchase agreement (as defined in the Income Tax Act 2007)
  • lessee of the pool or the premises (if the pool is on premises that are not subject to a tenancy under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 but the pool is subject to a lease or is part of a premises subject to a lease).

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