Have you thought about your swimming pool compliance certificate lately? Do you know where yours is? Is it up to date? Do you even have a swimming pool compliance certificate in the first place? These are all questions you should be asking yourself if you haven’t already, and they are questions you have to know the answers to, read on to find out why.
Avoid hefty fines with a swimming pool compliance certificate
Did you know that Queensland pool inspectors can come to your home at any time to check that you the correct safety measures in place and to check that you have an up to date swimming pool compliance certificate? They don’t necessarily have to give you any warning, your home might be chosen at random, or it could even be due to a complaint from a neighbour or someone who has visited your home.
This is a severe issue and having a swimming pool compliance certificate within the correct date to show you are following the safety laws of Queensland is essential if you are going to avoid trouble. If an inspection is carried out at your home and you do not have a swimming pool compliance certificate, and you’re not following the laws, you can be fined several thousand dollars on the spot. If you receive a fine, this is not something you can get out of, and the court issues further penalties if you continue to be in breach of the rules. The laws are in place for an excellent reason, so do not forego having your pool inspected and receiving your swimming pool compliance certificate for the sake of saving a few dollars when you will be putting people’s lives at risk and risking a large fine.
It’s not only large swimming pools that need the swimming pool compliance certificate, the following types of pools or bodies of water also need one.
- Any pool or tub (such as a spa) that can hold more than 300mm of water
- If it has a system for filtration
- Has a volume capacity of more than 2000L?
- Indoor pools
- Underground pools
If you have a pool or spa at your home that fits any one or more of these points, you must do the following to be within the laws.
- Register the spa or pool
- Get building approval if you have not already
- Request a safety inspection to check your barriers and to obtain your own swimming pool compliance certificate
How often do you need a swimming pool compliance certificate?
Unfortunately, from time to time, you will need to renew your swimming pool compliance certificate. The frequency will depend on whether the pool is shared or individual. A swimming pool compliance certificate is valid for two years for non-shared pools and valid for one year for shared ones. This might seem excessive, but again, we cannot stress the importance of having your safety barriers meet compliance, this is literally about saving lives, and since people can change their back yards or neglect barriers over time, it is necessary for the certificate to be renewed so often – so remember.
- One year for shared pools
- Two years for non-shared pools
Set yourself a reminder if you need one to never miss your deadline or end up with much bigger problems.
As you can see, having a swimming pool compliance certificate isn’t optional, it is not an extra safety feature that people can choose not to have if they want. These laws are in place to save people’s lives, and as a pool owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are doing everything you can to help with the cause. The laws work, they have had a considerable impact, so there is no reason for you not to organise your inspection or keep your swimming pool compliance certificate up to date.
Get in touch with us today to arrange for your inspection or to resolve any doubts you have. Our friendly team will always be willing to help answer any questions, organise your inspection, and let you know more about the swimming pool compliance certificate you need.