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, you must get a building consent.
You pool will need to comply with legislation that was in place at the time of installation.
Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987(external link) (Repealed, on 1 January 2017, by section 19 of the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 71)
Most pools in the district will already be in our database or added as building consents are applied for. If you don’t believe your pool is registered with us, please complete the registration form and forward to Swimming.Pools@tasman.govt.nz.
We're required to carry out three-yearly pool inspections to ensure all pools comply with the legislation.
We'll advise you about a month in advance that we're coming to do the inspection. You can schedule a time if you'd like to be there, or if not, you just need to ensure we can access the pool area.
We won't need to inspect your small pool if it meets all these criteria:
If the inspection fails, we'll work with you to get the pool compliant and give you time to address any items.
If we can't resolve it together we can issue a "notice to fix". People who fail to comply with the notice to fix could receive an infringement notice or face prosecution. This is rare, however - we can usually sort out any problems together.