What are the rules?

The rules

The rules for private pools can vary based upon when your pool was approved. Rule changes took place on 5 November 2001 and 1 May 2016.

The main thing to remember is to check your barrier regularly. Make sure all gates are self-closing and self-latching (from all positions, not just wide open) and that no climbable objects are located within any non-climbable zones.

For more information, see the checklists and Rules for Pools booklet below.


Swimming pool barrier inspections are undertaken once a pool barrier is complete, then within every four years after that.

If you receive a notice that your pool is due for inspection, it is important to respond to the notice as City Officers are no longer allowed to inspect without your prior consent or an entry warrant.

If you are selling your property, settlement inspections can be undertaken at no extra charge, upon request.