On January 1st 2017, the new swimming pool fencing regulations come into play. The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill 2016 replaces the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and the new pool safety provisions from the Building Act 2004. There are a few key changes homeowners need to be aware of when it comes to swimming pool fencing changes.
Swimming pools must be be inspected and certified every three years. Inspectors will check to make sure the gate closes securely and fences are well maintained.
If your fence complies with the 1987 Fencing of Pools Act, then it will comply with the new Bill. This means that your pool fence must:
Spa pool lockable lids
Spa pools smaller than five metres squared and with non-climbable sides of at least 760mm, are no longer required to be fully fenced. A complying lockable and child resistant lid is now acceptable instead.
More flexible fencing rules
The new Building (Pools) Amendment Bill will allow homeowners more flexibility in their pool fencing. As long as a child could not access the pool area, a fully surrounding fence is no longer a necessity. Pools which are on the edge of a cliff, have an infinity pool feature, or a three-sided must be approved by an inspector.
Many of the other requirements for pool areas remain the same. Anything within the pool area which is not specifically related to use of the pool is still prohibited. This includes playground equipment, clotheslines, vehicle or pedestrian access paths, vegetable gardens and children’s sandpits.
Find out more information about the new pool fencing requirements on the Legislation New Zealand’s website. Need help checking or correcting your pool fencing to ensure it meets the new standards? Our tradespeople are here to help!
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