Swimming pool and Spa Registration
As of 1 December 2019, new safety standards have been introduced by the state government to improve pool and spa barrier safety. All owners of existing swimming pools and spas must register their swimming pool or spa with Golden Plains Shire. On 26 May 2020, the Victorian Government extended the deadline for registration until 1 November 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original deadline had been 1 June 2020.
Pool and spa registration is now open with Golden Plains Shire
As of 1 December 2019, new safety standards have been introduced by the state government to improve pool and spa barrier safety.
To ensure you have a safe and compliant pool or spa barrier, there are four easy steps you’ll need to undertake:
Step 1: Register your pool or spa
Step 2: Get your pool or spa barrier checked by a qualified surveyor
Step 3: Undertake required works to make the pool or spa barrier compliant
Step 4: Have your pool or spa barrier certified
Step 1 – register your pool or spa – is now open.
All owners of existing swimming pools and spas must register their swimming pool or spa with Golden Plains Shire by 1 November 2020.
A one-off registration fee will be required. The fees, as set by the Victorian Government, are as follows:
- Pools/Spas built before 1 December 2019: $79.00
- Pools/Spas built after 1 December 2019: $31.80
How to register your swimming pool or spa
Please note you will need your Property Number located on your Rate Notice.
You can complete the registration form on the below link:
- Alternatively you can download, print, complete and sign the Application to Register a Swimming Pool or Spa Form.
- Once you have completed and signed the Application to Register a Swimming Pool or Spa form, save it onto your computer to email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit at our customer service offices – Bannockburn, Linton or Smythesdale or mail to Golden Plains Shire PO Box 100 Bannockburn Vic 3331.
Please note that your pool will not be registered until payment has been received.
After you've registered your pool
When you’ve registered and the construction date of your pool or spa has been determined, Council will advise you when you are required to lodge a Certificate of Pool Barrier Compliance issued by a qualified practitioner.
Owners will then be required to engage a registered building surveyor or building inspector to inspect and certify the compliance of their safety barrier every four years.
The Shire is tasked with ensuring all affected property owners comply with the new requirements with penalties for non-compliance.
Failing to register a swimming pool and/or spa with the Shire is an offence under the Building Regulations 2018 and carries a penalty (this fine amount is currently $330.44). Other penalties may also apply.
Non-compliance can be reported to email@example.com, our customer service offices during business hours and by phone 5220 7111.