Red tape costs slashed for pool owners

Pool owners who upgrade or repair their pool barriers will no longer need to submit a building application, saving both time and money.

Housing and Public Works Minister Dr Bruce Flegg said Building Regulation 2006 had been amended to allow pool safety inspectors to assess upgrade and repair work.

“This is a sensible decision that cuts red tape for pool owners without compromising safety,” Dr Flegg said.

“Previously, pool owners had to submit a building application for any fencing works for a pool barrier involving more than five metres of fence or more than six fence posts.

“Under the changes, these jobs are able to be inspected by a pool safety inspector, saving pool owners between $350 and $900.”

Dr Flegg said there remained a range of repairs and maintenance that pool owners could do without supervision, for example replacing only two fence posts.

However, where a pool owner is planning more extensive upgrades, a pool safety inspector will need to be engaged before the work begins.

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