Swimming pools and spas

If you have a pool or spa in Victoria, you must make sure it is registered, inspected and compliant with your local council.

In 2019, the Victorian Government introduced legislation that impacts all current and future swimming pool and spa owners in Victoria, which includes the requirement for you to register your swimming pool or spa with your local council.

The intention of this legislation is to improve swimming pool and spa barrier safety, and prevent children from drowning.

More than 80 percent of swimming pool and spa safety barriers in Victoria don't meet the required standards.

In Victoria, since 2000, 20 out of 27 drowning deaths in pools or spas may have been prevented if barriers met safety standards.

To reduce the change of further drownings landowners are required to complete these three steps:

  1. register your pool and/or spa with with us
  2. have your pool and/or spa barrier inspected every four years
  3. lodge your compliance certificate with us for your pool and/or spa barrier.

Register your pool

You only need to register once.  A new pool or spa must be registered with us within 30 days of completion.

If your pool and spa use separate barriers, you must register each structure separately.

You'll need:

  • a credit card to pay the associated fees
  • your pool or spa building permit (if you have one) or evidence of the construction date
  • photos of your pool or spa barriers (are optional)

If you need assistance, contact us on 03 5272 5272 or email [email protected].


Register your pool or spa

If you own a property in the  City of Greater Geelong with a pool and/or spa that can hold more than 300 millimetres (30 centimetres) of water, you will need to register it with us as soon as possible.

If you are unsure if you have registered please email [email protected] providing:

  • your name
  • the property address where the pool/spa is located
  • your contact number.

Find out what the Victorian Building Authority classifies as a swimming pool or spa.

After you register your pool, we will send you a registration letter which will explain:

  • the date of construction of your pool or spa
  • which building standards apply to your safety barrier
  • when you must lodge your certificate of barrier compliance with us.

It is the property owner's responsibility to register the pool and/or spa with us, and for arranging the inspection and certificate of compliance for the pool/spa barrier.

As an occupier you may inspect our register for information relating to the pool and/ or  spa which is at the property you are renting.  As an occupier you have the responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a barrier restricting access to the pool/spa is operating effectively.


Barrier inspections

You need to arrange an inspection of the safety barrier for your pool and/or spa by a private registered pool safety inspector every 4 years.   

Council does not provide inspection services.   

The list below are local Geelong registered pool safety inspectors.  Council does not endorse any of these suppliers. 

If you are a registered pool safety inspector who services the Geelong area and would like to be included please email [email protected]

It is recommended that you obtain numerous quotes as inspection costs are not regulated by the private industry and may vary.

You will need to show your registration letter to the pool safety inspector at the time of the inspection.

The letter includes key information that they need to ensure that they inspect the barrier to the relevant standards.

If you are having difficulty arranging an inspection of your pool/spa safety barrier or are waiting on repairs to your barrier you can apply for an extension of time to the lodgement due date.

All extensions of time must be in writing using the Pool and Spa Compliance Date Extension of Time application form.

Once we have received your paperwork we will provide you a response within five working days if your extension has been granted.

If the private registered pool safety inspector determines that your safety barrier is not compliant, they can either:

  • immediately issue a certificate of barrier non-compliance or
  • issue you a written notice specifying:
    • the matters which must be addressed to bring the pool barrier into compliance
    • the period in which the barrier must be made compliant
    • the date and time they intend to reinspect the barrier.

After re-inspection, if the private inspector or surveyor determines that the pool barrier is compliant, they will issue a certificate of barrier compliance, which you must lodge with us.

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with the certificate of non-compliance. 

The registered pool safety inspector will lodge a copy of the certificate of barrier non-compliance with us. You will need to pay a fee when the certificate is lodged.

Your Pool Safety Inspector will provide you with a Form 23 – Certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance.

These are valid for 30 days so it is important that you lodge your certificate with us as soon as you can.  See the next step - lodging your compliance certificate.


Lodging your compliance certificate

Every four years you need to lodge with us a current Form 23 – Certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance. 

To lodge your certificate you will need:

  • a credit card to pay the lodgement fee of $21.90

    Note: A payment processing fee of 0.25 percent applies to credit card payments.
  • your pool or spa registration number which is on the letters we've sent you.
  • your Form 23 - Certificate of pool and spa barrier compliance.

Lodge your compliance certificate

Extension of time

Do you need an extension of time to complete your certificate of compliance?


An inspection needs to be undertaken every four years to ensure that your barrier is still performing as it was intended when it was installed.

You have 30 days from the completion of the pool and/or spa to lodge your compliance certificate. 

You must obtain a building permit for safety barriers (including for above ground pool and spas) in addition to a pool or spa built in the ground or built around a deck or other structure. 

You will also need a Certificate of Final Inspection before you install any water in your pool or spa.

Find out more about permits

No, it is a requirement that a permanent barrier which complies with Australian standards is installed.

It is the property owners responsibility to register the pool and/or spa with us and for arranging the inspection and certificate of compliance for the pool/spa barrier. 

As an occupier you may inspect our register for information relating to the pool/spa which is on the property you are renting.  As an occupier you have the responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a barrier restricting access to the pool/spa is operating effectively.

Yes, even if the external walls of the pool are at least 1200 millimetres in height and comply as a barrier, a permanent barrier is still required around the point of access (such as the ladder or steps) to the pool and/or spa.

If you no longer have a pool and/or spa, let us know so that we can remove it from our register. You will need to provide

  • evidence that it has been removed such as photos or a statutory declaration
  • your pool / spa registration number
  • your contact details. 

These need to be emailed through to [email protected].

The Victorian Government has extended the deadline for lodging your Form 23 – Certificate of pool and spa compliance.  Please see table below for key dates:

Construction date of pool/spa Compliance certificate must be lodged by
30 June 1994 or earlier 1 June 2022
between 1 July 1994 and 30 April 2010 1 June 2023
between 1 May 2010 and 31 October 2020 1 June 2024
New pools / spas from 1 November 2020 within 30 days of completion

If you fail to meet these regulations, you can face penalties of up to two penalty units ($384.62) immediately.

Should it be decided to proceed your case to court, you may face penalties up to 10 penalty units ($1923.10).





Page last updated: Wednesday, 27 December 2023

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