What to do if your pool is non-compliant

A pool safety certificate is only needed if the property is sold or leased.

What happens if my pool doesn't comply?

The purpose of a compliant pool is to provide a safeguard for young children from drowning or injury in regulated pools. If your pool is non-compliant, you may get a fine from your local government.  

How to make your pool compliant and avoid a fine

You can:

  • get advice from a licensed pool safety inspector about what to do to make your pool comply; or
  • get a licensed pool safety inspector to do a formal inspection with a view to getting a certificate (for peace of mind).

If you choose to get a formal inspection and your pool doesn't comply, you will receive a non-conformity notice.  If you don't request a re-inspection within three months, the pool safety inspector has to give a copy of the notice to your local government.

Can I sell my property if my pool doesn't have a pool safety certificate?

Yes, you are still able to sell your property.

Seller's responsibility

Complete the Form 36 - Notice of no pool safety certificate and provide a copy to the buyer and the QBCC. If you own a property with a shared pool, you will also need to provide a copy of the form to the owner of the pool (usually a body corporate). If you are the pool owner, you are responsible for ensuring the barrier is compliant with the pool safety standard at all times, even after providing/receiving the Form 36. Failing to do so may result in penalties.

Buyer's responsibility

Obtain a certificate within 90 days after settlement. 

Leasing  a property with a non-shared pool 

You must hold a valid certificate before you lease your property.