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.

How to register your pool

If you install a pool, you need to register it with us. There's no fee for doing this. 

To register your pool, complete the Registration of Pool form and forward it us. We'll be in touch.

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.
  • The fee is $153 incl GST for inspection, plus $153 per hour 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.

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