New pool regulations come into play on the 1st December, 2010 – the key changes are as follows:
- Pool safety certificates are required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool.
- Both new and existing pools must be upgraded to comply with the standards by 30th November 2015, or earlier if sold or leased first.
- All swimming pools need to be registered by 4 May 2011
If selling or buying a property with a non-shared pool, such as a house or townhouse or unit with its own pool or spa, a pool safety certificate must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspection. If leasing, the owner must provide the pool safety certificate before entering into the lease.
If selling, the owner can provide the buyer with a pool safety certificate prior to settlement or alternatively the seller must issue the buyer with a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate – Form 36 before entering into the contract of sale and before settlement. This form advises the buyer or pool owner that they have 90 days to obtain a pool safety certificate form the date of settlement.
For further information you can log on to the following website: www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafety