All pool owners can now replace a pool fence without a building approval, provided that a pool safety inspector (PSI) is engaged prior to work commencing.
Previously, only pool owners with a house or townhouse were exempt from obtaining a building approval in order to build, replace or repair a pool fence.
Self-assessable work for all pool owners must still comply with all applicable building code requirements, but a building approval (provided by a building certifier) is not required for the work.
The only exception, where there must be building approval, is when other building assessment provisions apply (this would otherwise be a building permit), for example where the pool barrier is also a balustrade or supports another structure.
This recent change to legislation means more flexibility for all pool owners when it comes to maintaining their pool barriers.