​All pools and spas in the City of Stirling are required to have building approval and compliant safety barriers. Inflatable pools capable of holding over 300 mm of water also require approval and safety barriers. All new pool and spa fences require building approval prior to installation. Download our new Pool and Spa Safety guidelines below

Pool inspectors

The City of Stirling is required by law to inspect pool and spa barriers for safety, with not more than 4 years between inspections.  Pool Inspectors have a legal right of entry onto your property to conduct these inspections.

Inspectors are available for inspections and consultations from Monday to Friday.  Appointments can be made by contacting Customer Service on (08) 9205 8555.

Pool and spa safety barrier guidelines

The Pool and Spa Safety Barrier Guidelines brochure contains information on:

  • Guidelines for pools and spas installed before 1 May 2016
  • Guidelines for pools and spas installed on or after 1 May 2016
  • Design and construction guidelines for fencing, gates and fittings, latching devices, doors and windows
  • Safety hints
  • Sustainability tips
  • Other important information.

Pool and spa safety barriers

Safety barriers must be compliant with the Building Regulations 2012, as amended, and the Australian Standard 1926.1 - 2012.

Pools or spas installed on or after 5 November 2001 are required to have an isolation fence.  There must be an approved fence or gate between any door and the pool or spa area.  No door is allowed to lead directly into the pool area.

Pools or spas installed before 5 November 2001 are required to restrict access from the house, neighbours and road.  Doors are permitted to lead directly into the pool area but must be compliant with the Australian Standard 1926.1 - 1993.

If the pool or spa was installed on or after 1 May 2016 a boundary barrier must be a minimum of 1.8m high if being used as part of the barrier.

Handy tips for pool and spa safety at home

Here are some tips to keep your swimming pool or spa safe:

  • Always close pool and spa gates
  • Ensure the gate self-closes and self-latches from all positions (proppi​ng a gate open is against the law and may result in a fine)
  • 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!

Swimming pool and spa removal

All swimming pools and spas must have building approval from the City of Stirling and must have compliant safety barriers.

Minimum requirements for the safe removal of swimming pools and spas is that the entire pool/spa structure is removed from the ground.

If you wish to build on the area where a below-ground pool or spa has been removed, you will need to get a compaction certificate from a licensed structural engineer as part of the building permit application.

Please contact the City of Stirling Approvals Business Unit on (08) 9205 8555 for more detailed information on building requirements.

For all swimming pools and spas to be listed as removed, a Swimming Pool and Spa Removal form must be completed and submitted to the City of Stirling.

Further information

To obtain further information regarding swimming pool and spa barriers please visit the Building Commission website.