Building applications for swimming pools
To help you with your building application for a Class 10B swimming pool (as defined below), we have provided the following information which includes the step by step process.
What is a Class 10B swimming pool?
A Class 10B covers all private or instruction/training swimming pools including an: inground, above ground swimming pool or spa. Public swimming pools will need to submit a Planning Application.
The permit timeframe is six months. Special permission is required from Council if you would like to fill your pool via a fire hydrant.
Applications missing information may experience processing delays.
Swimming pool building application process
Step 1 - Complete the checklist
Your plans must contain the following:
THREE copies of a Site Plan (scale 1:500) showing location of:
- swimming pool
- fences, gate and direction of swing of gate
- filtration equipment
- houses, other buildings on site, location of septic tank, trenches and effluent disposal area, and
- council's sewer main and house drains
- disposal area for backwash (sand filter) and excess water
- resuscitation signage
- details of any doors or windows within a building that forms part of the pool enclosure
- distance from the pool water to the property's road boundary (front), nearest side and rear boundary and nearest building in metres
THREE copies of the swimming pool (scale 1:100) construction details including:
- cross section and elevations
- location of ladders and pool depths
- hydrostatic valve location and size
- earthing provisions if applicable
- engineering certificate if applicable (certification required if concrete construction).
THREE copies of the fencing details including:
- materials, sizes and construction details
- height of fence
- latch type, location and/or shielding
- gate details: height of gate/s, self-closing/locking details, and number of gates
- pool fence certificate showing compliance with AS1926 for pre-fabricated pool fence panels
N.B. Manufacturer's brochure/specifications to be provided, or a scale drawing of one panel of fencing to be provided showing material from which the fence will be constructed and the height of the fence.
Step 2 - Complete the Development Assessment (DA) Forms
Step 3 - Submit your application
You can submit your application to Council:
- in person at
Planning and Development
29 Channon Street
- by post to (please include a cheque for the applicable fees)
Gympie Regional Council
PO Box 155
Gympie, Qld 4570
Step 4 - Approval and inspections
Once Building Approval has been granted a Development Application Decision Notice will be sent to the applicant.
The permit number is located at the top of the approval and is needed to book any inspections.
Inspections can be booked via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (07) 5481 0400. Please allow for 24 hours notice for all inspections. Please allow one hour variation to the requested time for an inspection, due to constraints and occasional delays.
Below is a list of Inspections required for a pool application.
- Concrete pool foundation excavations – pool shell excavation (including piers and thickenings) with reinforcement steel in place and prior to pouring concrete (if applicable).
- Temporary pool fencing (pre-fill) – temporary pool fencing compliant with AS1926.1 and AS1926.2 swimming pool fencing requirements. Resuscitation signage is required. This inspection is required prior to the swimming pool containing a depth of water greater than 300mm – it is an offence to do otherwise.
- Pool final – on completion of all building works relating to this Building Approval, including permanent pool fencing compliant with AS1926.1 and AS1926.2 swimming pool fencing requirements. The pool pump and filter are to be operational. The Building Certifier is required to perform a final inspection as a statutory requirement of the Building Regulation 2006.
You are reminded that work is not to proceed past a stage of inspection until Gympie Regional Council has given authority for it to do so.
Step 5 - Final inspection and Form 17 Certificate
A pool final inspection is needed on the completion of all building works relating to this building approval, including permanent pool fencing compliant with AS1926.1 and AS1926.2 swimming pool fencing requirements. The pool pump and filter are to be operational.
The building certifier is required to perform a final inspection as a statutory requirement of the Building Regulation 2006.
A Final Inspection Form 17 Certificate will not be issued if:
- any requisition required by the building certifier has not been attended to, or completed, or
- any amendment to the original plans has not been submitted and approved by the building certifier.
A final inspection certificate or certificate of classification issued by the building certifier can be used as a pool safety certificate for one year from its date of issue for shared pools and 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 2006.