Residential Swimming Pools

This page explains legal requirements if you have a swimming pool on your property, and details of the three-yearly inspection process.

All Swimming Pools Require Consent and Inspection

The Building Act 2004 requires all residential swimming pools in New Zealand have a barrier that restricts access to children under five years. This also includes pop-up pools (permanent or temporary) with a depth of 400mm or more. 

It is the shared responsibility of the homeowner or occupier and the pool owner to ensure that barriers are installed and maintained to the required standard. If a new barrier is to be installed, a building consent must be obtained.

About Inspections

  • The Building Act 2004 requires that all pools, except small heated pools, are inspected.
  • The fee is $150 for inspection, plus $150 per hour if more than one hour of inspectors time is taken to achieve compliance.
  • There is no longer a fee to register your pool.

What Are the Pool Barrier Legal Requirements?

We're required by the Building Act 2004 to carry out three-yearly pool inspections to ensure all pools comply with the legislation. 

  • Barriers must restrict access to unattended access to children under five years.
  • Must have no permanent projections that could assist climbing.
  • Gates should be self-closing and open away from the pool area.
  • Doors must emit an audible warning when not self-closing.
  • The latch must not be readily accessible by children under five years.
  • A safety cover may be used as a barrier to small heated pools less than 5m2.  It must meet the standards in the building code.

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