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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.

Our tip

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 $128 inspection fee.

​How to apply to remove your pool from our register

 Online

 By post

Post your completed application to remove a swimming or spa pool form along with a photo showing where the pool was, to:

Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

 In person

Bring your completed application to remove a swimming or spa pool form along with a photo showing where the pool was, into any one of our service centres.

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