Pool Inspections in NSW – What you need to know.
New safety regulations for swimming pool safety barriers in NSW will come into effect 29th April 2016. The main impact of these changes will be in regard to the sale of leasing of property. From April 2016 every sale contract or lease for residential property in NSW will have to include a swimming pool compliance certificate.
A pool safety certificate is issued following a pool inspection by a certified pool safety inspector who has determined that the pool barrier is compliant with the standards which apply to that particular pool.
Various standards apply with some exemptions for pool built prior to 2008, swimming pools built on small properties (less than 230m2), swimming pools built on large properties (more than 2 hectares) and pools built on waterfront properties. As well as portable & inflatable pools, indoor pools & spas.
Knowing and being able to evidence that date of swimming pool construction will assist in the speedy swimming pool compliance and the issue of a swimming pool compliance certificate. Given that many swimming pools are likely to require some repair / rectification prior to pool compliance it is recommended that a pool inspections take place well in advance of any sale or lease. This will allow the property owner to access the necessary trades to effect the repairs without the stress of doing this at the same time as the transaction.
Pool Inspections by a qualified Pool Certifier.
A pool safety certificate is issued for a period of three years, multi dwelling properties, strata plans, motels boarding houses, caravan parks etc must hold a current pool compliance certificate at all times.
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