Council reminds residents of backyard pool requirements

24th November 2020
A reminder from Wattle Range Council to check legislation on backyard pools.

With the most recent direction to stay at home, and the decision to close its swimming facilities for the time being, Wattle Range Council Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower has issued an important reminder to residents about their legal obligations with regard to backyard pools.

“It is important for residents to note that above ground or inflatable pools and spa pools, available to be purchased new or second hand, on the internet, from household and/or hardware stores, may require development approval from Council to be placed or constructed on your property (including existing swimming pools & spa pools),” Mr Gower said.

Under the South Australian Planning and Development Act 2016, development approval is required for a swimming pool (including a paddling pool) or spa pool, which:

  • has a depth exceeding 300mm; or
  • in the case of an aboveground or inflatable swimming pool or spa pool, incorporates a filtration system.

Necessary features, including a swimming pool safety barrier/fence may be required to be in place, to ensure swimming pool and/or spa pool safety.

The sides of an above-ground pool may be a suitable safety barrier if any of the following apply, however it should be noted that it is the owner/occupier’s responsibility to ensure legislation is met:

  • they are non-climbable and are at least 1.2 metres high;
  • a barrier is placed around the ladder (even if the ladder is removable); and
  • a barrier is placed around anything else that can be climbed on.

Mr Gower went on to say that, “Council would also like to remind owners/occupiers of their responsibility and the importance of maintaining any swimming pool or spa pool safety features (at all times) and especially coming into the summer season and including the supervision of young children around pools over summer.”

For further information and advice regarding swimming pools and spas, please visit Councils website, or contact Council by phone 08 8733 0900 or email

For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900