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Swimming pool fence technical FAQs

08/07/2020 Around the Pool 0

Swimming pool fence technical FAQs

Q: What is counted as a fence or fencing?

A fence includes any part of a building and any gate or door that forms part of a fence.
Fencing is any barrier used to enclose a pool to restrict or prevent access to the pool.

Q: Do portable/inflatable pools need fencing too?

Yes, portable/inflatable pools are treated in the same way as other swimming pools. They must have barriers that restrict access by young children if they are filled or partly filled with water. Portable pools with sides lower than 400mm in height are exempt.

Q: Can I use my house as part of my pool fence?

Yes, but all windows and doors leading into the pool area must not be able to be readily opened by children. Doors must either have an alarm if the door is opened or automatically close. Windows need to be positioned so children are not able to get into the pool area.

Q: Can I report a non-compliant pool fence that isn’t my own?

If you would like to raise an issue about a pool fence, call the Council and they’ll review the information and do a site inspection if required.

Q:I don’t have small children, why do I need to do this?

Yes, there is a focus on safety for children under five but even if you don’t have children the new rules apply as they create safety consistency across pools throughout New Zealand.

Q:I want to install a new pool, do I need a building consent?

Yes, any pool and its associated fencing, which is capable of holding more than 400mm depth of water requires a building consent; this includes kitset and inflatable pools, which are in place for a short period of time each season and spa pools.

Q:Can an Independent Qualified Pool Inspector (IQPI) do an inspection instead of the Council?

If an official IQPI completes a pool inspection and provides the Council with a certificate of periodic inspections, it may be accepted as the official pool inspection. If the Council does not accept an IQPI inspection, they will be notified in writing stating the reasons it wasn’t accepted.

Q:What happens if an IQPI inspection fails?

If an IQPI inspector notices issues with the pool fencing, the inspector must, within three working days of the date of inspection, give the written decision to the Council, attaching any other information that’s required.  The council will then follow up and if necessary, issue a Notice to Fix

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