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Independently qualified pool inspectors

The new independently qualified pool inspector (pool inspector) regime was introduced on 1 January 2017. This means when pool owners have their swimming pool barriers inspected to ensure they comply with the Building Act, they can 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.

You can read the following information on the Legislation website:

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: