All swimming pools are required to be fenced (and spa pools secured) to protect children from drowning.
All pool owners are required to have an inspection once every three years to ensure that their fences meet safety standards.
Owners of swimming pools currently pay us $130 for each onsite inspection.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to replace the $130 first inspection fee with an annual targeted rate of $44 for all pool owners.
Any follow-up inspections will continue to be charged separately.
If the pool owner arranges an inspection from an independently qualified pool inspector, then we will reduce the targeted rate to $22.
This will cover our costs of administering and maintaining the swimming pool inspection register.
Why we are proposing an annual targeted rate
Including the first inspection charge on the rates invoice will make it easier for pool owners to pay for their inspection by spreading the cost over three years and providing access to the wide range of rates payment options.
Including the inspection cost on the rates invoice will also allow us to make $74,000 of administration cost savings.
What happens if we don't make these changes
If we don’t make these changes the three-yearly inspection fee will remain and increase to $135 for 2020/2021.
Learn more about this proposal
You can read more about the proposed changes on page 14 of the
Supporting Information document.