Get digging quicker, and F17s sorted sooner...so you can concentrate on winning new work.
Pool gates must be self-closing and self-latching. Gates must open away from the pool area.
The minimum height of the fence from finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
Climbable objects, that reduce the effective height of the fence and are within the additional clear area, are non-compliant.
The maximum allowable gap underneath the fence is 100mm.
Windows into the pool area may be required to be screened or restricted to 100mm openings (if the sill of the window is less than 1800mm to ground level in the pool).
2. Get started with new projects, quicker
Support and tailored advice to save time as suits you- call BA&A's specialist pool team on 3265 4114. Ask about our quick online form, as below.
To keep approvals quick and smooth, depending on the requirements of your project - let us know in the initial email/ via online engagement form (JotForm) notes if you wish to include a particular services or additional approvals (such as pool house structures, retaining walls).
BA&A can support with referrals and help to overcome site challenges.
DA required - occasionally if/ when a pool / deck triggers town planning (biodiversity, heritage, operational works etc) we can support to investigate overlays and options. For example, when 1m out of the ground at any point, pools in BCC Traditional Building Character areas are assessable and may require Town Planning. More info (and broader insights into overlays and suburb profiles for BCC residential projects) online at Brisbane Town Planning.
Siting Variation (relax)- required whenever a reduced setback is sought under QDC MP 1.2. May be facilitated by BA&A. Learn more
BOA (Build over Asset eg water / sewer)/ BOSW (Build over Stormwater) - cross-check with asset owner/ engineer after locating assets on site. Detail on plans. When building work is near/over infrastructure (within 3m), if required under QDC MP 1.4, these application(s) may be assessed/ facilitated by BA&A. More here
3. Pool/ barrier- final inspection
Arrange this once
compliant fencing is in place
the pool is finished (with backwash connected to the legal point of discharge)
💡 Looking for more detail on pool barrier measurements, structures in the pool area, and signage required?
...or read more here about equipotential bonding work.
📋 send evidence of rectification(s) within 3 months from final inspection date
Otherwise, a non compliance notice/ Form 61 must be issued to council. Triggers the need for a mandatory re-inspection.
✔️When the Form 16 / Form 17 certificate is issued by the certifier, the pool can be filled.
4. Ensure compliant CPR sign is in place
Prior to Final Inspection - must be displayed near the pool or attached to the pool fence
shows how to perform CPR
attached to the pool safety fence, or displayed near the pool
easily visible to a person near the pool
at least 300mm by 300mm
made of durable and weatherproof material
includes a statement explaining how to act in an emergency
complies with Australian Resuscitation Council's resuscitation guidelines.
5. Provide information and resources. Ensure new pool owners are supported to safely maintain their new pool.
💬 The surface beneath a pool fence must be solid, and pool fence must be at least 1200mm above finished ground level.
Support owners with fencing and clarify non-climbable zones - QBCC information here
Homeowners pool safety guide from QBCC - download here
For pool builders looking at saving time with administration towards the end of a project- download this handout and know where to find certificates required information.