Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance

Why choose Resi-Inspect Pool Certificate Services?

We Respond Quickly

We will inspect the pool at a time that suits you and will provide you with a Pool Certificate of Compliance as soon as your pool barriers and associated areas comply.

We Know The Legislation

We will make sure that you receive any exemptions that you might be entitled to, and that you are not forced to over-comply and carry out works that you are not required to do.

No Hidden Charges

You will know exactly what the charges will be for obtaining a Pool Certificate of Compliance and we will always be available at no extra cost to assist you with any questions or issues.

We Are There To Help You

We are working for you and will help you to use the fastest, most effective and inexpensive methods to achieve full compliance to obtain your Pool Certificate of Compliance.

Our Services

We inspect your pool barriers and associated pool areas and report to you:

  •      All exemptions you are entitled to
  •      Exactly which Australian Standard & Regulation you must comply with
  •      Any non-compliances that exist in your pool area and pool barriers
  •      Recommend and advise on how best to rectify each non-compliance
  •      Supply you with a Pool Certificate of Compliance as soon as compliance is achieved

THE PROCESS

STEP 1:    We inspect your pool and prepare a report detailing all non-compliances.

STEP 2:    If there are no non-compliances we supply you with a Pool Certificate of Compliance.

STEP 3:    If there are non-compliances we explain all problems and recommend the most efficient and cost-effective methods to rectify.

STEP 4:    As soon as the non-compliances are rectified we carry out a second inspection and supply you with a Pool Certificate of Compliance.

Additional help is provided as part of our service:

We can suggest reputable, competitive and fast Tradesmen to assist with any needed work.

We will be available to provide advice to your Tradesmen to ensure compliance is achieved.

If you have any questions during the entire process you will always be able to call us for answers.

FAQ

Where can I buy a Pool Safety Sign?

The Royal Lifesaving Society sells compliant signs through their on-line shop at:
http://royallifeshop.com.au/collections/pool-posters
These signs are fully compliant, are very reasonably priced, and you would be supporting a great institution.

  1. What exemptions are available for pool barriers?
    • Swimming pools constructed before 1 August 1990 do not have to have barriers separating the pool from the residential building so long as the means of access to the pool from the building are in accord with the relevant standard (S8).
    • Swimming pools constructed on small properties (less than 230 square metres) and built before 1 July 2010 do not have to have barriers separating the pool from the residential building so long as the means of access to the pool from the building are in accord with the relevant standard (S8).
    • Large properties (two hectares or more) with pools installed before 1 July 2010 do not require barriers to be placed around the pool.
    • Waterfront properties with pools installed before 1 July 2010 do not require barriers to be placed around the pool.
    • Moveable dwellings and tourist and visitor accommodation built before 1 May 2013 do not require barriers immediately around the pool and are not subject to the exclusions of structures within the pool area. (S13)
      These exemptions can be permanently lost if a number of conditions are not met, and we can advise on how best to maintain your pool barriers so the exemptions are not lost.

  2. I know that Councils look for unauthorized works – does a Pool Certifier also do this?

    No – a Pool Certifier is not concerned about whether the pool was constructed without Development Consent, only when it was built or when it was substantially altered or re-built.

  3. What areas do you Service?

    We Service all areas of the West & Blue Mountains of NSW including but not limited to:
    • Lithgow
    • Oberon
    • Molong
    • Blayney
    • Bathurst
    • Parkes
    • Forbes
    • Canowindra
    • Orange
    • Cowra
    • Dubbo
    • Mudgee
    • The Blue Mountains & Beyond

  4. Am I being asked to make changes to my pool that are not necessary?

    If your pool hasn’t been inspected by us – maybe.

    We know the Standards, the BCA, the Pool Act and the Pool Regulations inside-out, and we use this understanding to ensure that you fully comply to the required standards, but that you do not over-comply where it is not required.

    We know what exemptions you will be entitled to, and the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to bring your pool up to compliance.

    If there is non-compliance we will show you the exact section of the applicable Act, Regulation or Standard that applies why you are not complying, and the most efficient way to resolve the non-compliance.

  5. If I have an Occupation Certificate do I still need a Certificate of Compliance?

    If the Occupation Certificate is less than 3 years old and was issued for works that included the pool then you do not need a swimming pool Certificate of Compliance.

  6. How long is a Certificate of Compliance valid for?

    A Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance remains valid for 3 years.

  7. What is a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance?

    A swimming pool Certificate of Compliance can only be issued by a Local Council or an Accredited Certifier (A1, A2, A3, E1), and is issued only if the Accredited Certifier or Council is satisfied that the Pool Barriers comply with the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and the relevant Regulations and Standards.

    Once issued, the Certificate of Compliance is also entered into the NSW Swimming Pools Register.

  8. Why do I need a Certificate of Compliance?

    There are many reasons why it is important for pool owners to obtain a Pool Compliance Certificate:
    • To ensure the safety of your children and the children of visitors a thorough inspection by a professional will ensure your pool barriers are functioning at the recommended standards.
    • All pool owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their pool is compliant and this is best achieved by having a Pool Compliance Certificate issued by a professionally insured Accredited Certifier.
    • From 29th April 2016 all properties in NSW with a pool will need a Pool Compliance Certificate if they are being sold or leased.
    • Councils are beginning programs of pool barrier inspections as required under Legislation - if you have a current Certificate of Compliance you will be exempt from these inspections.

  9. Can I get a Pool Compliance Certificate from my Local Council?

    Yes – but there are several issues you should keep in mind.
    • Councils have limited resources allocated to pool inspections, and it can take a great deal of time for them to attend to inspections, or to finally issue Certificates – we will inspect and when compliant supply the Certification very, very quickly.
    • Councils will not only look at your pool barriers, but will look for any non-compliant or unauthorized works – we are only required to look at your pool barriers and associated structures, and can even provide Pool Compliance Certificates for pools that are unauthorised works.
    • If a pool is not compliant on the first inspection, Councils are required to issue a Notice to the pool owner and will then serve "Directions" after 14 days generally giving the pool owner only 28 Days to rectify any non-compliances. Councils are able to impose fines of $550 for non-compliances if rectification is not completed in the time allowed.
    • Councils are beginning programs to actively inspect pools in their area that are not covered by a current Pool Compliance Certificate, forcing inspections and remedial compliance work to be carried out by pool owners who are not selling or leasing their property. Under such time pressure, pool owners will not be able to organize the best companies and the best quotes to remedy any issues, and may not even be able to organize the works to be completed before fines are actually imposed.

  10. Is it important to know when my pool was built?

    Yes - the date your pool was built will determine which of the different Standards and Regulations can be used to check your pool.

    A pool that might be compliant to an earlier Standard may need significant work to be compliant to current standards.

    The construction date of a pool is accepted to be the date that the DA (Development Application or BA (Building Application) was granted, but if you cannot provide a copy of the DA or BA, other proof can also be accepted. For example, documentation from the pool builder showing when the construction was carried out, or sales documents showing that the pool was already built when it was sold to the current or previous owners.

    It is a requirement that acceptable proof of the date of construction of the pool must be provided before an earlier standard can be applied.

    It is very important to inform us of the date of the pool construction and what substantiating documentation you have before any inspection is carried out so we can apply the correct Standards and Regulations when inspecting your pool.

  11. Can I use a Pool Safety Report to sell or lease my property?

    No - the Government will only recognize a Certificate of Compliance issued by a Private Certifier accredited by the Building Professionals Board or by your Council.

    Pool Safety Reports are documents provided for your personal use and are not recognized under Legislation and cannot be used instead of a Pool Certificate of Compliance.

    Several companies are offering Pool Safety Certificates as part of the final inspection, and once you receive this Report you will still need to obtain a Pool Certificate of Compliance issued by a Private Certifier accredited by the Building Professionals Board.

    The only Certificate recognised under NSW Legislation – and the only Certificate you need from a Pool Inspection Company – is a Pool Certificate of Compliance issued by a Private Certifier accredited by the Building Professionals Board or by your local Council.

    We will provide you with a Certificate of Compliance issued by a Private Certifier accredited by the Building Professionals Board once your pool barriers and pool area have been inspected and are found to be complying.

 

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