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What pool owners need to know about pool barrier inspections

Last updated: 22 December 2016

There are three steps for pool barrier inspections for residential pools.

  1. If you have a residential pool on your property, you should notify your territorial authority (local council).
  2. The territorial authority will let you know when your swimming pool is due to be inspected. Residential swimming pools are required to be inspected every three years.
  3. You then have the choice between engaging your territorial authority or a pool inspector to perform the inspection. The fees charged to inspect pool barriers will vary.

The pool inspector regime takes effect from 1 January 2017 but a pool inspector may not be immediately available in your area. However, your local territorial authority can still inspect your pool.

You can find a local pool inspector through MBIE’s pool inspector public register. The register will be available in early 2017.

Definition of residential pool can be found on the Legislation website.

Restricting access to residential pools has further information.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: