What is classed as a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is any structure (may include a Spa or Paddling pool and above ground pools) capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300 mm and primarily intended to be used for swimming, wading or paddling. All new pools must have a continuous safety barrier which is maintained by the pool owner, and which restricts access by young children to the pool and the immediate pool surrounds. Development approval is required prior to the construction of a new pool.

Swimming pools and associated fixtures should be sited to protect the privacy and amenity of adjoining residential land.

Swimming pools built before 1 July 1993
From 1 October 2008, if the property on which a swimming pool is located is not for sale, the swimming pool can continue to comply with the old Swimming Pools (Safety) Act 1972, which requires the swimming pool owner to ensure that the swimming pool is enclosed by a fence, wall or building or any combination of these, to restrict access by young children to the swimming pool.



Swimming pools built on or after 1 July 1993
Swimming pools built from 1 July 1993 must comply with the Development Act 1993 and the Building Code of Australia - which restricts access to the swimming pool from the house, garage, street, and adjoining properties.

For further information on this or any other issue please contact Council:
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900
Email: council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Postal: PO Box 27, MILLICENT  SA  5280