Pool Inspection Guide

The standards used for pool barrier assessments cover such things as the height and strength of barriers, non-climbable zones, gates and their latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.

These standards can be extremely complex and the information below is designed only to provide you with a quick reference guide to some of the more common parts.

The below information is extracted information directed and unedited from the governing body Queensland Building and Construction Committee “QBCC” website.

Please feel free to review the below or you can also print / download here. Please remember that you can ask your inspector after you book.

Pool Barriers

  • minimum barrier height from finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm
  • maximum allowable gap from finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm
  • gaps between vertical members with horizontals a minimum of 900mm apart, must not exceed 100mm
  • where the horizontals are less than 900mm apart, the gaps between verticals must not exceed 10mm and the horizontals must have a 60-degree fillet attached
  • climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and 300mm on the inside
  • no objects (decks, door sills, etc.) can be so close as to reduce the minimum 1200mm fence height
  • if it is not possible to achieve a 900mm non-climbable zone on the outside, then the fence height can be raised to 1800mm. For fences at least 1800mm high, the 900mm non-climbable zone may be on the inside of the fence and must be measured from the top of the inside. This could be useful for a boundary fence, for example, where it is difficult to make the non climbable zone outside the fence. Make sure that there is nothing underneath this zone that a child could jump on to, which would reduce the effective height of the fence from the minimum 1800mm

Pool Barrier Gates

  • pool gates must not open toward the pool area
  • pool gates must be self-closing and latching from all positions
  • the bottom of any latch release mechanism on the outside of the gate must be at least 1500mm above the ground and 1400mm above the top of the highest lower horizontal member
  • pool gate hinges must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a nonclimbable (sixty degree) safety cap affixed to prevent climbing

Door and Windows

  • there is no direct access through a door from the house to the pool area
  • windows opening onto the pool area must not open more than 100mm or must be security screened

Signage

  • a compliant CPR sign must be displayed either be attached to the barrier for the pool, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is conspicuous and easily visible to anyone near the pool

Helpful tips on making your pool safer

Below are some simple and cost-effective ways to make your pool safer and help you comply with the pool safety standard laws.

Garden beds and ground levels

  • remove surrounding garden beds
  • reduce the height of surrounding ground levels and garden beds
  • raise the barrier height to at least 1200mm above the finished ground level

Gates

  • the gap between the gate post and the gate cannot exceed 100mm
  • adjust the gate to make it swing outwards away from the pool area
  • ensure the gate is self-closing and self-latching from any angle
  • adjust the self-closing mechanism or replace the hinges to make the gate self-closing
  • oil the hinges if the gate is not closing properly
  • ensure the gate is regularly maintained

Climbable objects

  • shield any climbable objects with a non- climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting, vertical palings or a ‘fillet’ that has an angle of 60 degrees or more
  • trim any tree branches that are within 900mm of the pool barrier – if there are branches overhanging from an adjacent property, you may need to negotiate with your neighbour to remove them
  • fix a wedge fillet (minimum 60 degree angle) along the horizontal rails of the barrier
  • shield any lattice or other climbable material with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting or vertical palings
  • trim any climbable vegetation away from the barrier
  • remove all climbable objects within 900mm of the pool barrier
  • secure all moveable objects near the pool

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A pool inspector is required to use a combination of three sets of standards.