BC Update 207: New pool safety legislation comes into effect on 1 January 2017

Posted: 16 December 2016

BC Update
Effective from 1 January 2017, the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 will repeal the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and add new provisions to the Building Act 2004.

Key changes include:

  • residential swimming pools must be inspected every three years
  • safety covers will be able to be used as barriers for spa pools and hot tubs
  • territorial authorities will have better tools to enforce pool barrier requirements, including notices to fix and infringement notices.

Restricting access to residential pools has further information for pool owners and territorial authorities.

You can read more about the changes on the MBIE Corporate website

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