Fencing of swimming pools

The Consumer guide to fencing your swimming or spa pool.

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If you have a swimming pool or spa pool, you are responsible for fencing it to prevent unsupervised access.

Do swimming and spa pools need to be fenced?

There are two pieces of legislation relating to swimming and spa pool fencing: the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and the Building Act 2004.

The Building Act applies to the construction of new pools and alterations to existing pools. All such work must comply with Clause F4 of the Building Code, ‘Safety from Falling’, which requires the provision of barriers.

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