Swimming pools

Find out about the rules for swimming pools and how to keep your family and friends safe, and details of the three-yearly inspection process.

All pool barriers require consent and inspection

The Building Act 2004 requires all residential swimming pools in New Zealand have a barrier that restricts access to children under five years. This also includes pop-up pools (permanent or temporary) with a depth of 400mm or more. 

It is the shared responsibility of the homeowner or occupier and the pool owner to ensure that barriers are installed and maintained to the required standard.

If a new barrier is to be installed, you must get a building consent.

What legislation does my pool have to comply with?

Your pool will need to comply with legislation that was in place at the time of installation.

Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987(external link) (Repealed, on 1 January 2017, by section 19 of the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 71)

F4 of the NZ Building Code - Safety from falling(external link)

F9 of the NZ Building Code - Restricting access to residential pools(external link) 

NZ Standard 8500:2006 - Safety barriers and fences around swiming pools, spas and hot tubs(external link)

Do I need to register my pool?

Most pools in the district will already be in our database or added as building consents are applied for.  If you don’t believe your pool is registered with us, please complete the registration form and forward to Swimming.Pools@tasman.govt.nz

About inspections

We're required to carry out three-yearly pool inspections to ensure all pools comply with the legislation. 

  • The Building Act 2004 requires that all pools, except some small heated pools, are inspected.
  • Pool inspections are charged at the cost of a general building inspection (refer to fees and charges link below), including additional charge if more than one hour of the inspector's time is taken to achieve compliance.

We'll advise you about a month in advance that we're coming to do the inspection. You can schedule a time if you'd like to be there, or if not, you just need to ensure we can access the pool area.

Does my small pool need to be inspected?
What are the legal requirements for a pool barrier?
What happens if we fail an inspection?
Building consents fees and charges

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