Swimming Pool Fencing
All swimming and spa pools must be fenced. The legislation aims to protect children from the dangers of unfenced swimming pools.
Private swimming pools are the single most significant water hazard for pre-school children. Studies in New Zealand and overseas have shown that most drownings are amongst the children of pool owners and legitimate visitors, rather than wandering children. Therefore a boundary fence is not a satisfactory safety measure.
Council officers inspect swimming pools and spa pools within the district in order to ensure all pools comply with the Building Act 2004.
It is the owners and occupiers responsibility to ensure that the swimming pool fencing complies with the Building Act 2004 at all times. This includes spa pools.
All swimming pools capable of holding more than 400mm depth of water are required to be fenced before being filled unless the walls are more than 1.2m above the ground and have no step ups, handholds or projections which could enable a child to climb.
Swimming Pool Checklist
If you have a pool or spa which is fenced, please use the checklist below as a guide as to whether it is safe.
More information is available in the swimming pool brochure, but if you have any queries or concerns, you can phone and talk to one of our Compliance staff, on 765-6099.