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2015/037: Regarding the compliance of pool barriers for a swimming pool

Discussed the authority’s refusal to issue a building consent relating to compliance with Clause F4 of the Building Code for a proposed swimming pool and its barriers which included sliding doors and the use of security latches with lockable bolts.

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2015/012: Compliance of pool barriers in relation to the immediate pool area for a proposed swimming pool

Discussed the definition of ‘immediate pool area’ and the ‘immediate pool surround’ and the potential for unacceptable lapses of pool security due to doors, gates and pedestrian access.

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2010/119: Use of a cover as a barrier to a swimming pool


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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: