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Register your home pool or spa by June 1, 2020

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

In an effort to prevent drowning of children in home pools and spas the Victorian Government introduced new safety standards in December 2019.

The new standards focus on improving the maintenance process of safety barriers.

Under the new safety standards all pool and spa owners are required to:

1. Register your pool or spa with Warrnambool City Council by June 1,  2020, or within 30 days of completion if the installation is under construction at this date.

Download and complete the registration form on Council website - - and submit with a one-off lodgement/information search fee of $79 at the Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street.

2. Follow the mandatory certification regime

Every four years you will be required to organise an inspection by a private building surveyor or inspector, obtain a certificate of compliance and lodge it with Warrnambool City Council with a lodgement fee of $20.40.

After the initial registration, Warrnambool City Council will notify the date by which you need to lodge your first certificate of compliance and the applicable barrier standard for the swimming pool or spa barrier. The lodgement date will depend when your pool and/or spa was constructed.

Category number

Date when pool and/or spa constructed

Certificate of compliance lodgement date


Before June 30, 1994

June 1, 2021


On or after July 1, 1994, and before May 1, 2010

June 1, 2022


On or after May 1, 2010

June 1, 2023









Failing to register a swimming pool and/or spa with Council by June 1, 2020, is an offence under the Building Regulations 2018 and carries a penalty (this fine amount is currently $330.44). Other penalties may also apply.

If your pool and/or spa has been removed from the property, please contact Council to arrange a site inspection in order to update Council records.

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