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Swimming Pools and Spa Pools require Development Approval following legislation that came into effect 1 January 2004.

Development Approval is required for : 

  • all new above ground and below swimming pools deeper than 300mm and with a water filtration system to obtain development approval from Council.

  • spa pools constructed in association with a dwelling, and are primarily used by the occupants of that dwelling, if their capacity exceeds 680 litres.

In certain circumstances, swimming pools and spa pools do not require Development Plan Consent, only Building Rules Consent. This will be determined by Council's staff once you lodge your Development Application.

Safety Barriers

All new swimming pools and spa pools must have suitable safety barriers to restrict access by young children to the immediate pool surrounds, constructed in accordance with Australia Standard AS 1926.1 - 2007 (standards can be purchased from Standards Australia or SAI Global).

Existing swimming pools, built before 1 July 1993, must comply with the Swimming Pools (Safety) Act 1972; require a safety barrier, at least 1.2m high, to restrict access from outside the property.

Any new swimming pools, built from 1 July 1993, must comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA includes provisions which require child resistant doors and windows where they open directly into the pool enclosure.

Periodic Swimming Pools

If you are obtaining development approval for a periodic swimming pool (ie. dismantled and stored at the end of summer), you are not required to obtain further approvals provided it is placed in approximately the same location within a two year period.

As a swimming pool and spa pool owner, safety is your main concern. Reduce the risk of an accident occurring in your swimming pool by ensuring that your pool is adequately fenced and children are supervised at all times.

If you intend to sell your home you will then need to ensure that your swimming pool barriers comply with Ministers Specification SA 76D - Swimming Pool Safety.

Swimming Pool Inspections

The Development Act 1993 has statutory requirements for inspection of approved swimming pools.

Further information can be obtained from the attached Council's Policy Swimming Pool Inspection Policy.

Lodging a Development Application

Other Useful Documents and Links

The Department of Planning and Local Government's have prepared additional information on swimming pool safety:

Further Information

To discuss your specific circumstances, please contact our office ph (08) 8828 1200 option 3.