I work with the pool fence regulations Victoria every day. I hope to answer most of your questions about Victorian pool fence regulations and requirements here as simply as possible. Each pool and fence is unique, so please give me a call on 0412 411 209 if you would like to discuss.
Pool Fence Regulations Vic
- Swimming Pool Fence Regulations Vic . or .. Download PDF
- Fencing Act, Vic.
- Fencing Quick Guide
- Victorian Building Regulations 2006 (See sections 425-430)
- Swimming pools, spas and their safety barriers (Vic. Building Auth.)
Pool Fence Regulations Vic Summary
Pool Fence Installation Regulations (Vic)
- All pools deeper than 30cm require a legal pool fence installed in compliance with the code.
- This includes: above ground pools, in-ground pools, wading pools, paddling pools, inflatable pools and spas.
- It does not apply to bodies of water under 300mm(30cm) deep, bird baths, fountains, ponds, water storage tanks, dams and baths or spa baths emptied after each use.
- Pool fence regulations must be met prior to filling the pool.
- The minimum pool fence and gate height is 1200mm(1.2m).
- Gates must open outward.
- Gates must self close from any position and latch reliably.
- The gate latch release must be 1500mm(1.5m) high or inside the fence (special requirements for height and distance from openings apply).
- Spacing and holes in the fence must not be greater than 100mm(10cm).
- Railings on the fence must comply with minimum spacing and set-out distances in compliance with the pool fence regulations Victoria.
- Ground clearance from the bottom of the fence must not be greater than 100mm(10cm).
- A non-climbable-zone (NCZ) of 1200mm (1.2m) must be maintained.
- Fences can be of any suitable material provided they are of sturdy construction, are durable enough to withstand weather and pool chemicals, insects, etc with a reasonable lifespan.
- Walls, windows and doors may form part of the pool barrier but may require special treatment (handles, latches, hinges, screening, etc.) to ensure they comply.
- A building permit is required prior to commencement of works.
- While building works are underway, a temporary pool fence is required for all pools filled to a depth of more than 30cm. This also applies to pools which are not self draining and could become filled by rainwater.
Pool Fence Maintenance Regulations (Vic)
- Pool fencing and gates should be checked periodically
- You must repair damage to pool fencing promptly.
- You must not prop open a pool fence gate
- You must not leave climbable objects near the pool fence. This includes chairs, tables, pot plants, pool cleaning equipment, etc.
- All components of the fence must be in good working order including hinges, latches, screens, timber, etc.
- Children should be supervised around water at all times.
Disclaimer: This is only a summary of the current pool fence legislation in Victoria. Please check for amendments before installing a pool fence or contact me on 0412 411 209 if you want to discuss your specific pool fence and any changes in the Victorian pool fence laws.