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F9 Restricting access to residential pools

Restricting access by young children to residential pools.

On 1 January 2017 the Building (Pools) Amendment Act repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act and inserted new provisions into the Building Act 2004.

The Amendment Act creates new Building Code clause F9. 

Building Code clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools on the Legislation website sets out requirements for restricting access to residential pools.

Schedule to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 is the current Acceptable Solution for restricting access to residential pools. Consultation on new Acceptable Solutions for clause F9 closed on 16 December 2016. MBIE is currently considering the feedback received for this consultation and intends to publish new Acceptable Solutions in April 2017.

The Building Act now requires residential pools to be inspected every three years by territorial authorities or independently qualified pool inspectors (IQPIs).

Independently qualified pool inspectors has further information on pool barrier inspections.

Manufacturer and retailer notices has information about notices that manufacturers and retailers must supply with pools.

Prior to 1 January 2017, determinations about pool safety were issued relating to Building Code clause F4. These determinations provide some useful guidance for Building Code clause F9.

If you have questions or need guidance about your pool, please contact your local council.

Contact us if you have any other questions.



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