Deadline Extended to Register Your Swimming Pool and Spa
Thursday, 4 June, 2020 - 09:30
The Victorian Government has extended the deadline for registering pools and spas with local councils to 1 November 2020.
The deadline extension was announced by the Minister for Planning in recognition of the significant impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had, not only on Victorians, but also on the operation of local councils.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said the Victorian Government introduced the new swimming pool and spa safety laws on 1 December 2019 along with a new compliance program to ensure swimming pool and spa safety standards are being met.
“Complying with the new laws is a two-step process,” Cr Attley said.
“First pool and spa owners need to register their pool or spa with Council. Following the registration, a certificate of compliance is required. The age of the pool determines the deadline for the certificate of compliance,” she said.
“Council is encouraging all owners to be proactive and register their pool or spa with Council prior to the 1 November due date for the safety of everyone.
“The new requirements are to ensure all pools and spas have the required fencing. If you are not sure what you need to meet the requirements, please phone our Building Services team soon so they can provide you with the information you need.
Owners can register a swimming pool or spa via Council’s online pool registration form on Council’s website or download a printable form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The registration fee of $31 can be paid online or using the downloaded form with a credit card. An information search fee is also applicable but will be waived if Council can easily determine the swimming pool or spa construction date using its existing permit data base. If, however, further investigation is required to determine the construction date, an additional fee of $46 may be applicable.
Once registered, owners will receive a letter confirming that the pool or spa is registered and the date of construction of the pool or spa and the applicable barrier standard. The letter will also give the date that the first or next Certificate of Barrier Compliance must be lodged with Council.
Please contact the Building Services team with any queries on 5775 8555.