Pools and spas

Development approval for a new pool

Development approval is required for a new swimming pool, spa pool and safety fencing. We will check:

  • the details and location of safety barriers
  • the safety of the pump
  • the adequacy of structural support for the swimming pool or spa pool.

Fencing must be installed before a new pool is filled with water.

For more information please call the Duty Builder on 8384 0666.

Above-ground or inflatable pools and 'portable' spa pools

If the swimming pool, including an inflatable pool, or spa pool has a filtration system you will:

  • need to get approval for it to be placed and/or constructed on your land.
  • ensure safety features, including a swimming pool safety barrier / fence are in place.

The sides of an above-ground pool can be a suitable safety barrier if:

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

Further information on pool and spa safety can be found on the South Australian government web site.

For more information please call the Duty Builder on 8384 0666.

Public swimming and spa pools - inspections

The council’s environmental health team conducts routine inspections and complaint investigations of public swimming and spa pools in the council area to ensure their compliance with the South Australian Public Health Act, 2011

Please refer to the Department of Health website for further information and standards relating to public swimming pools and spas in South Australia.

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Private swimming and spa pools

It is the responsibility of the owner of the pool or spa to ensure it is properly maintained. If a pool is not properly looked after, it may become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and other organisms that may cause serious illness.

The correct use of appropriate chemicals and good management of disinfection, filtration and recirculation will keep the pool water clean, safe and in a hygienic condition.

Please refer to the Department of Health website for fact sheets on private swimming pools and spa pools or contact the council’s environmental health section on 08 8384 0628.