Swimming pools

The Building Act 1975 defines a swimming pool as an excavation or structure:

  • capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more
  • capable of being used for swimming, bathing, wading, paddling or other human aquatic activities
  • used, designed, manufactured or adapted for the purpose mentioned above, despite its current use.

This includes spas and wading pools (other than portable wading pools).

It does not include a:

  • fish pond
  • ornamental pond, manufactured to be used for ornamental purposes
  • dam used for aquaculture, marine research or storage of water
  • watercourse
  • spa bath situated in a bathroom which is not continually filled with water
  • birthing pool used solely for water births
  • portable wading pool.

A portable wading pool is defined as:

  • capable of being filled with water to a depth of less than 300 millimetres
  • having a volume of no more than 2000 litres
  • having no filtration or pumping system.

Building Approval

You will need a building approval for your swimming pool and pool fence. The construction and maintenance of swimming pools and pool fencing must comply with:

  • the Building Act 1975;
  • Building Regulation 2021; and
  • relevant Australian Standards.

It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure the pool and barriers are compliant at all times. For more information, check the swimming pool safety regulations.

To assist with your application, follow these steps:

  • Submit your application to council either in person at 29 Channon Street, Gympie, by emailing building@gympie.qld.gov.au or by post to Gympie Regional Council, PO Box 155, Gympie QLD 4570. Payment of relevant fees is required when you make application.

    Payment is required on application.

  • When your building application has been approved, you will receive a development application decision notice and approved plans will be sent to you.

    The permit number will be at the top of the approval and we will need this number when you book any inspections.

    To book an inspection email building@gympie.qld.gov.au  or call 07 5481 0490.

    A minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice is required. Allow a one hour variation to inspection time, and one hour for the inspection to be completed.

  • For the final inspection, you will need to everything completed as shown in your development permit decision notice. The final inspection can be used as a pool safety certificate for one year from the date of issue for shared pools or two years for non-shared pools.

    The certificate can only be used in place of a pool safety certificate if it was issued against the latest pool safety standard – the current Queensland Development Code, Mandatory Part 3.4 and the current CPR sign rules in the Building Regulation 2021.

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