All new in-ground concrete swimming pools constructed in Brisbane will be subject to ‘certification’ or the obtaining of Building approval [1] for a new structure. Swimming pools constitute a 10b structure, which in short is an uninhabited structure. The 10b definition also includes fences, water tanks and retaining walls.

Guidelines For Certification.

All new building approvals must be assessed against the Building Code of Australia and Queensland’s Building and Plumbing Regulations, these resources amongst others can be found here: [2] The codes primarily pertain to the sound design and safety of the new construction, fire protection, pest management, sewerage and drainage and meeting the minimum standards of water and energy efficiency. As long as the new in-ground concrete swimming pool complies with the minimum standards stipulated in the codes and regulations then construction can commence on the new swimming pool.

Certification Process.

Certification is only has to be obtained once for the swimming pool to be legally constructed, however building legislation may require additional technical inspections of the structure during construction to ensure that any technical aspects of the inground concrete swimming pool design is met by the professional in-ground swimming pool construction company. There is also an additional inspection carried out at the completion of construction to ensure that the guidelines in the development approval have been adhered to during the construction process.

Fencing Requirements.

Residential developments in Brisbane such as a concrete swimming pool are effected by the Setback definitions [4] as a class 10b structure and requires a setback of 1.5 metres from any neighbouring fence. Additionally that fence must comply with pool fencing bylaws. [3] The importance of swimming pool fencing is the safeguarding of children around swimming pools. In the past too many Australian children have died in tragic swimming pool related accidents, some of which were preventable with proper fencing. There are a number of key responsibilities a pool owner must carry out, such as ensuring that all pool gates are securely closed when the swimming pool is not in use and that there are no objects adjacent to the fence that a child may use to gain access to the swimming pool area. The owner of a swimming pool must also gain certification for the pool fencing once every two years for non-shared swimming pools or every year for shared swimming pools such as an in-ground pool at an apartment complex. For more information on pool fencing and the legal requirements from the Brisbane City Council :[5]

Building Certifiers.

All new swimming pools in Brisbane must be inspected and certified by a licensed building certifier. There are a number of stipulations which a building certifier must abide by in order to have the building certification. The building certifier must gather all of the relevant documentation regarding the building approval including the engagement notice, application details, plans for the swimming pool, and the final inspection certificate when the project is complete. The relevant documentation must be submitted within 5 working days and to be properly lodged all of the documents must be present and complete.

Professional swimming pool construction companies will ensure that they deliver all of the necessary documents to a building certifier including any information about special overlays or other requirements that may affect the building approval for your inground swimming pool.

Infinity Pool Builders Brisbane is a professional pool construction company servicing your local suburb in Brisbane.

1 https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/

2 https://www.mbqld.com.au/

3 http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/

4 https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/

5 https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/