Pool Safety Certificates (Form 23)
New Queensland Pool Safety Laws
New pool safety laws have been introduced in Queensland over the past two years, with the first stage implemented on 1 December 2009, and the second and final stage on 1 December 2010. The new safety standard, the Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 3.4, has replaced 11 different pool safety standards that existed prior to 2009.
The new pool safety laws have little effect on new swimming pools that will be built according to the new standards. Existing swimming pools, however, will need to be inspected by a licensed pool safety inspector to ensure that they meet the new safety requirements.
This applies to any and all pools associated with houses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, caravan parks and any other forms of short term accommodation and even applies to above ground pool walls.
For a comprehensive list of the new pool safety guidelines see the Queensland Government's report, Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines.
Owners of existing pools must ensure that their pools comply with new regulations by 30 November 2015 and if the property is being sold before that date, the owner must then obtain a pool safety certificate prior to the settlement of the contract.
Pool Safety Certificates (FORM 23)
Queensland Building and Pest Reports' has a number of inspectors licenced with the Pool Safety Council of Australia to carry out pool safety inspections. Upon inspection to a complying pool, a pool safety certificate (also known as form 23) will be issued. In the event that your pool does not comply with standards, our inspectors can advise clients on any safety issues found.
A pool safety certificate must be presented when selling a property with a pool, or when entering into a lease or accommodation agreement for a property with a pool, prior to settlement of any contract. There are different regulations involved depending on the property type and whether the property is being sold, bought or leased.
A pool safety certificate is valid for 2 years for a non-shared pool & 1 year for shared pools (body corporate, hotels, resorts, etc.).
If your certificate is expired or you don't have one you face a fine of $220 up to $2200.
Pool Safety Inspection Costs
- Pool Inspection Cost: $220.00 inc gst.
- Pool Safety Compliance Certificate: $40.00 inc gst (Government Certificate & Registration Fee)
Remember if an Inspector finds any defect on the day of Inspection you will need to pay for a re - inspection (from $110.00).
Use the form to the right to book your pool safety inspection and get your pool safety certificate before the deadline!
Helpful Pool Safety Certificate Links
- The Department of Housing & Public Works - Pool Safety Register Search