Remove a pool
Te Whakawātea puna wai kaukau
You do not need a building consent to remove or demolish a residential or small heated pool.
If you want to remove your in-ground swimming pool, you need to ensure that the backfill is properly compacted. Engage a professional engineer to certify the compacted fill.
If you want to keep the pool and backfill it, punch a hole in the base to allow water to drain and then compact it.
Apply to remove your pool from our register
To let us know that you have removed your pool you need to:
- apply to remove a pool
- include a photo showing where the pool was and - if possible - what it originally looked like.
We can then remove your pool from our swimming pool register and suspend future inspections.
You should know
If we have recently visited your property to confirm the removal of your pool, we will still charge the inspection fee.
How to apply to remove your pool from our register
We only accept online applications for this service. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.
Call us on 09 301 0101 to speak with our building and planning help desk if you have questions regarding your application.
|Non-complying pools or pool barriers||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/non-complying-pool-barriers.aspx||Non-complying pools or pool barriers||Learn what happens when your pool or pool barrier is non-complying.||aspx|
|Other structures used as part of the pool barrier||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/other-structures-used-part-of-pool-barrier.aspx||Other structures used as part of the pool barrier||If you plan to use a building or a boundary fence as part of your pool barrier, you will need to show us your plans, drawings and photos so that we can check if your pool and pool barrier complies with the building code and fencing requirements.||aspx|
|Pool legislation||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/pool-legislation.aspx||Pool legislation||Read about the changes regarding residential and small heated pools, that the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 brought about.||aspx|
|Pool area safety checklist||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/restrict-access-pool-area.aspx||Pool area safety checklist||Find out how to make your pool safe by making sure that the barrier height, ground clearance, pool gates and area, comply with the building code.||aspx|
|Regular safety checks of your pool fence and barrier||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/check-compliance-existing-pool-barrier.aspx||Regular safety checks of your pool fence and barrier||Information about how to book an inspection to check if your existing pool barrier complies with the building code.||aspx|
|Inspections you need when installing a new pool||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-renovation-projects/install-residential-small-heated-pool/Pages/check-compliance-of-new-pool-pool-barrier.aspx||Inspections you need when installing a new pool||Information about how to book pool and pool barrier inspection for a new pool, how many inspections you may need, and when you can start to use your new pool.||aspx|