Pre Purchase Inspections Central Coast and Newcastle
From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold or leased without a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate.
A swimming pool can be the entertainment centre of a home, but to curious young children, they can be very dangerous if all safety precautions are not taken. Drowning is a leading cause of preventable death in children under 5 years of age. In 2012, the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was amended to improve the safety of children around swimming pools in NSW.
The changes include:
● Swimming pool owners must register their swimming pool or spa pool on the NSW Swimming Pool Register
● Local councils and accredited certifiers, registered with the Building Professionals Board can carry out inspections of swimming pools
● From 29 April 2016 a copy of the valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate must be attached to the sale contract or new residential tenancy agreement to sell or rent any property with a swimming pool or spa pool.
Do these changes apply to me?
These changes apply to you if you are the owner of a property with a swimming pool or spa pool. In a strata scheme, all the lot owners jointly own any swimming pool or spa pool that is on common property. The owners corporation (or body corporate) is responsible for ensuring there is a valid certificate of compliance or a relevant occupation certificate for pools and spas.
How do I register my swimming pool?
Pool owners are required to register their pools online on the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register. Once registered a certificate of registration will be issued to the pool owner. To check that your pool has been registered or to register your pool, go to the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register website at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
How can I organise an inspection and obtain a Certificate of Compliance?
Local councils, and Accredited Certifiers registered with the Building Professionals Board, can carry out a Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection and issue a Certificate of Compliance if the swimming pool or spa pool meets all the safety requirements (accredited certifiers are those holding category A1, category A2 or category A3 or category E1 accreditation under the Building Professional Act 2005). A swimming pool Certificate of Compliance is valid for three years from its date of issue. To check if a Certificate of Compliance has been issued go to the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register. www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
When is an Occupation Certificate adequate?
A relevant Occupation Certificate may be used instead of a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance if it is less than three years old and authorises the use of the swimming pool. If an Occupation Certificate is used, evidence that the swimming pool is registered must also be provided with the sales contract.