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Don’t risk losing a contract on your property because you didn’t have your pool inspected. When selling your property you must now provide the buyer with a copy of your Pool Safety Certificate.


Disclaimer: This checklist does not substitute for a pool inspection and is for educational purposes only. Pool owners should consider getting a professional assessment of their pool’s compliance.

Here’s a quick 25 point checklist to know what a Building Inspector will be looking for:-

• Do all the pool gates open away from the pool?
• Is the top of the gate latch 1500mm from the ground?
• Is the top of the gate latch 1400mm from the highest of the bottom horizontal rails?
• When the gate is closed, is it securely locked or does it pull free easily?
• If a child of approx. 25kg bounced on the bottom rail of the gate would it pop free?
• Does the gate self close from any position in its full arc of operation?
• Are the hinges 900mm apart? Or capped if less than 900mm apart?
• Is the gap under the fence less than 100mm?
• Is there a clear 300mm on the inside of the fence?
• Are there any sharp objects or entrapments on the gate or fence? (This includes a sharp metal CPR signs & fence posts that are missing their caps).
• Are all components on the gate and fence tight and secure? (Including hinges, all screws, latches and rails)
• Are there any gaps in the fence greater than 100mm?
• Can you create a gap in the fence greater than 105mm when you squeeze 2 rails together with 15kg of force?
• Are there any windows or louvers that provide access to the pool enclosure twith gaps greater than 100mm?
• Is the fence a minimum 1200mm in height?
• Is there a non-climbable area vertically on the fence of at least 900mm the entire perimeter?
• Are there any climbable tree branches/stumps/objects/toeholds within 900mm of the outside of the fence?
• Are there any pot plants or climbable objects against the fence on either side?
• Are there any horizontal footholds on the fence greater than 10mm wide, this includes wire, bolts or screws?
• If your pool fence intersects your boundary fence, is there a 900mm clear are on the outside?
• Are the rails on the boundary fence more than 900mm from the top of the pool fence?
• Is your balcony above the pool area more than 1800mm from the ground?
• Is the balcony more than 900mm away from the top of the fence?
• If No – Does your balcony comply with the fencing standards above?
• Do you have a current CPR sign displayed inside the pool enclosure, unobstructed, visible and undamaged?

When selling your property you must now provide the buyer with a copy of your Pool Safety Certificate. If you don’t you will need to complete a Disclosure Statement and give this to the buyer. The buyer then has only 90 days to get a pool safety certificate for the pool. The pool safety inspector you choose must be licensed under the Building Act 1975 and Building Regulation 2006.



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