All pools and spas in the City of Canning are required to have building approval and compliant safety barriers.

If you’re thinking of installing a pool or spa, it is important to read through the below information and links in regards to inspections, installations and safety guidelines. 

Installing a pool or spa

If you’re thinking of installing a new pool or spa, click here to read the Building Commission of WA’s fact sheet which explains the permit process and barrier responsibilities. An application for your swimming pool or spa and the associated fencing can be made in the one application by submitting the required form to the City’s Building Services.

See the Building Commission Website for the relevant approval forms.

Pool and Spa Self-assessment Checks

The three self-assessment checklists listed below have been prepared by the City to give you an indication about whether or not your pool or spa barrier meets the requirements of the relevant Australian Standards 1926.1-1993. If your pool or spa was approved by way of a building permit after 1 May 2016, it must comply with AS 1926.1-2012.

The Building Act 2011 requires each privately-owned pool and spa to comply with the standard and the City’s inspector uses the standard during the four yearly inspection of each pool or spa within the City.

To find the right self-assessment checklist, you will need to know when the pool or spa was installed. Pools and spas installed on or before 5 November 2001 have different requirements than pools or spas installed after 5 November 2001 and again, slightly different requirements if approved after 1 May 2016.

Note: The self-assessment checklists are an excellent guide to the standard. However, the City’s inspector will use a more comprehensive checklist which may result in a different outcome.

For more information on pools and spas installed prior to 5 November 2001, click here to view the Building Commission’s booklet that contains information on what you need to know about ensuring your pool or spa is compliant.

Pool inspectors

The City of Canning is required by law to inspect pool and spa barriers for safety, with not less than four years between inspections. Under the Building Act 2011, pool inspectors have a legal right of property entry to conduct these inspections, which are all undertaken with prior notification.

Pool and Spa Safety Guidelines

The Pool and Spa Safety Guidelines contain information on:

  • guidelines for pools and spas built before and after 5 November 2001
  • design and construction guidelines for fencing, gates and fittings, latching devices, doors and windows
  • safety hints
  • sustainability tips
  • other important information
  • safety barriers.

Handy tips for home pool and spa safety

  • Always close pool and spa gates

  • Ensure the gate self-closes and self-latches from all positions

  • Remove all climbable items from the pool or spa fence

  • You must ensure pool and spa barriers are maintained, but remember—there is no substitute for good supervision

  • Check on dangerous skimmer boxes.

Portable Pools

All private swimming and spa pools containing water more than 300mm deep are required to have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. Private swimming or spa pools include:

  • in-ground and above-ground pools (including inflatable pools and portable pools)

  • in-ground and above-ground spa pools

  • bathing or wading pools.

Click here for more information on inflatable or portable swimming pool safety. An information sheet has also been developed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety which provides inflatable and portable swimming pool owners with additional safety information. 

The Department of Consumer Protection, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have created the Make It Safe campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by inflatable and portable swimming pools. View the resources

Skimmer boxes

Skimmer boxes can be dangerous. Children have suffered serious and sometimes fatal injuries because of old style, open top skimmer boxes. They are a hidden potential backyard killer, because they may look like a seat to a small child. However this skimmer box can be made safe, very easily at little cost. The City supports pool safety and suggests you contact your local pool shop for further information on the conversion kits which can be purchased at minimal cost. See the information sheet on skimmer boxes produced by the Department of Commerce.

Swimming pool and spa removal

Minimum requirements for a safe removal of spas and pools are explained within the following information sheet.

Settlement enquiries

If you are purchasing a property with a pool or spa, the City strongly recommends you condition the purchase, subject to a compliance report on the safety barrier provided by the Local Government. A copy of the settlement enquiry form can be found here.

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