Domestic / Air BnB
Pool Inspections
Do I need certification?

A swimming pool is defined as an above or below ground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, and includes some models of portable pools and spas.

If your portable pool or spa can hold at least 300mm of water, then the pool safety laws apply to you.

Pool Barrier Key Requirements
  • minimum barrier height from finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm
  • maximum allowable gap from finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm
  • gaps between vertical members with horizontals a minimum of 900mm apart, must not exceed 100mm
  • where the horizontals are less than 900mm apart, the gaps between verticals must not exceed 10mm and the horizontals must have a 60 degree fillet attached
  • climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and 300mm on the inside
  • no objects (decks, door sills, etc) can be so close as to reduce the minimum 1200mm fence height
  • if it is not possible to achieve a 900mm nonclimbable zone on the outside, then the fence height can be raised to 1800mm and a 900mm nonclimbable zone created at the top on the inside, with no objects like decks below the nonclimbable zone that would reduce the 1800mm height/drop from the top of the fence
Pool Barrier Gate Key Requirements
  • pool gates must not open toward the pool area
  • pool gates must be self-closing and latching from all positions
  • the bottom of any latch release mechanism on the outside of the gate must be at least 1500mm above the ground and 1400mm above the top of the hightest lower horizontal member
  • pool gate hinges must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a nonclimbable (sixty degree) safety cap affixed to prevent climbing
Door and Window Key Requirements
  • there is no direct access through a door from the house to the pool area
  • windows opening onto the pool area must not open more than 100mm or must be security screened
Signage Key Requirements
  • a compliant CPR sign must be displayed either attached to the barrier for the pool, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is conspicuous and easily visible to anyone near the pool
Should my pool be Registered?

All pools in Queensalnd must be registered with the QBCC. To list your pool on the pool safety register visit