Pool Fence regulation
Issuing time:2022-02-08 14:12
Key pool fence measurements
In NSW, a pool fence must:
Go to the Local Government Pool Safety Booklet for diagrams showing these measurements and other NSW pool safety criteria.
To prevent children climbing over fencing into the pool area, the laws require pool owners to make sure they maintain a ‘non-climbable zone’ around the pool.
If your pool area does not meet these requirements, you can contact a licensed builder, pool technician or fencing contractor to carry out work in line with these safety requirements.
Child-resistant doors and windows
Older swimming pools might include doors or windows as part of the pool fence or barrier. This is no longer allowed.
Doors in pool barriers
If you have a door that forms part of a pool barrier you must make sure that:
Windows in pool barriers
If you have windows that form part of a pool barrier, they must have:
If it does not satisfy this requirement, you will need to install a locking device or security screen that reduces the gap to 10cm or less.
Gate closing and latching devices
Check to ensure that your pool gate:
If the gate does not shut and lock automatically, the pool gate should be permanently fastened until a new lock and closing device can be installed. Self-closing and self-latching devices can be purchased from most pool and hardware shops and can be easily installed.
Appropriate and clear warning signs must be attached to the pool fence and gate
You can buy a CPR sign from your local pool shop, council or community organisations such as St John Ambulance, the Australian Red Cross or Royal Life Saving.
Pool fence and gate maintenance
All fence bolts, screws and fasteners must be tight and in good order. Any loose bolts, screws and fasteners should be tightened or replaced. Self-closing gate hinges, locks and latches should be sprayed with lubricating oil or silicone.
Manufacturers of the pool fence and gate should provide written instructions on how to maintain your pool fence and gate. This may include the regular replacement of springs and regular spraying of self-closing gate hinges, locks and latches with lubricating oil or silicone. Proper maintenance can help to prevent many of the faults relating to self-closing and self-latching gates.
Compliance with the Building Code of Australia
Swimming pool barriers are required to meet performance requirements set out in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). From 1 September 2018 these requirements can be met using either a performance solution or a deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) solution.
A deemed-to-satisfy solution follows a set recipe of what, when and how to do something. It uses the DTS solutions from the BCA, which include materials, components, design factors, and construction methods that, if used, are deemed to meet the performance requirements.
A performance solution on the other hand is unique for an individual situation. These solutions are often flexible in achieving the outcomes and encourage innovative design and technology use.