The new independently qualified pool inspector (pool inspector) regime is being introduced from 1 January 2017. This means when pool owners have their swimming pool barriers inspected to ensure they comply with the Building Act, they will be able to choose either their local territorial authority (local council) or a pool inspector to carry out the inspection.
A pool inspector is someone who has been accepted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as qualified to carry out inspections to determine whether a pool has barriers that meet the requirements of the Building Act.
Every residential pool that is filled or partly filled with water must have physical barriers that restrict access to the pool by unsupervised children under five years of age. Recent changes to the Building Act mean that from 1 January 2017 residential pool barriers must be inspected every three years.
More guidance about which pools are covered by the new regime and about pool barrier requirements will be available early in 2017.
You can read the following information on the Legislation website: