Does a Hot tub or spa need a pool fence on the Gold Coast?

Do you know the QLD Pool fencing Laws?

If you are a pool owner in Queensland then you have to make certain that you not only have a pool fence, but make sure that it is registered and compliant with the most recent Queensland laws. From 20 November 2015, Queensland put in place new Pool Fence Safety laws that makes it a requirement to install, maintain, and inspect pool fences in order to help prevent mishaps and reduce pool dangers.

Many of these new Pool Fence Laws involve making sure that your Glass Pool Fence is properly maintained, is at least the minimum height off the floor, and does not have any sizable openings. You also have to ensure that your hinges are maintained, that there are no climbable objects too close the Glass Pool Fence, and that any windows overlooking the pool are compliant with the safety obligations.

Specifically, the requirements can be split into two categories: Fence Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone.

Gold Coast Pool Fence Dimensions:
Your Gold Coast Pool fence must serve as a fence which is continual for the full scope of the pool– it must be fully confined by a fence. This means that you can use side and back fences as part of your pool fence, provided it creates a continual barrier, where all portions of the fence are compliant.
Your pool fence must go to at least 1200mm high from bottom to top.
Your fence must include a minimum of one gate, the gate can not open up into the pool area, and this gate must have self-closing hinges that can shut from any open position.

While you can use other surface areas, like your border fences, or aspects of your property as a fence, there are some constraints. Essentially, your pool barrier can not have straight access through a building– there must constantly be some form of fence. This concerns both windows and doors. This implies that you can not have a door of your home open up direct into the pool area – even though the door is locked, or if the door is child resistant. You must have a pool fence in addition installed beyond the door. If you have a patio or veranda, this must either sit beyond the pool fence, or if you really want it in the pool area, it must only be accessible through a compliant pool fence. Similarly, for windows, these can not have the ability to offer direct access to the pool area. You will ought to guarantee these windows are child-resistant and only partially openable.

Exclusion Zone:
When looking at the pool fence, it must be at least 1200mm high, but there must also be an effective non-climbable zone. This non-climbable zone, or exclusion zone is drawn in a circle from the very top of the fence and you must not have anything within 900mm of the top of the zone, and not have climbable objects within 1200mm of the top of the fence. Bear in mind that this is a 3D zone, and so you should consider how close objects are to the fence.
If you have a long-lasting object within the 1200mm of the fence, you need to consider if this would decrease the effective height of the pool fence and make you non-compliant. If you can not move the object, you can solve this by increasing the height of the fence to make sure that it is 1200mm above the height of the object.

Source: Queensland Government swimming pool barrier guidelines.

If you are unsure if you have a Pool Safety certificate for your property, or if unsure if it is current, you can actually check the Pool Safety Register

If you have an existing pool and are concerned about any of these areas, you can contact us on 1300 937 902 and we will be more than happy to talk through your fencing problems, and even get you in touch with a registered pool fencing inspector if you are concerned about compliance.

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