Ask Greg – Register your Pool

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Q. We have heard that soon everyone who has a pool will have to register it with the local Council. Is this correct and if so, where do we register?

A. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is an important issue that affects the whole community.
What you say is correct – pool owners across NSW will be required to register their swimming pools via a new online register currently being developed by the NSW State government.
The register is expected to be available from April 29 and pool owners will be required to register their swimming pools by October 29 this year.
There is a penalty for pool owners who fail to register, set at $220.
Owners will be able to self-assess. This means, where applicable, they may state that to the best of their knowledge, their swimming pool complies with the relevant standards. Alternatively certification can be done by specialist local Council inspectors or an accredited private certifier.
Compliance certificates will be mandatory for all property owners looking to sell or lease a property with a swimming pool after April 29, 2014. From this date, a compliance certificate will need to be attached to the contract for the sale or lease of the property.
Given the new Swimming Pools Act is designed to enhance the safety of children around private ‘backyard’ pools, most people agree it is a good move. These new regulations are not something you can choose to ignore. All local Councils are required to implement an inspection program and to report on the number of pool inspections undertaken and the level of compliance.
If you own a property with a pool, make sure you take steps to register your pool as soon as you can and avoid unnecessary complications or delays when you decide to sell or lease the property.
More information is available online at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au
Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice.

Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice.

Send your real estate questions to greg@gregtrembath.com.au
Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at
Greg Trembath Real Estate.
Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

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