Examples of non-compliant residential pool barriers


Barriers for residential pools must restrict access by unsupervised children under the age of five years.

Examples of barriers that are unlikely to comply with this requirement include:

  • a swimming pool cover
  • a door that can be unlocked and left open.

Previous determinations provide some useful guidance about these types of barriers. These determinations were issued in relation to specific pools, and in relation to previous requirements of the Building Code.

Determination 2010/119 relates to a swimming pool cover.

Determination 2015/037 relates to doors that could be left open.

Restricting access to residential pools has more information, including relevant determinations.

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: