Residential swimming pools

There are laws to keep swimming pools safe. New pool safety legislation came into effect on 1 January 2017.  

The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and inserted provisions relating to residential pools in the Building Act 2004.

Key changes include:

  • residential swimming pools must be inspected every three years
  • safety covers will be able to be used as barriers for spa pools and hot tubs (less than 5m²)
  • territorial authorities will have better tools to enforce pool barrier requirements, including notices to fix and infringement notices.

For further information for all pool owners and territorial authorities visit Restricting access to residential pools:

The Building (Pool Manufacturers and Retailers) notice in the New Zealand Gazette sets out the requirements for notices that manufacturers and retailers must supply with pools from 1 September 2017

Further information

For further information or advice, please contact the Building Services Team on 06 323 0000 or e-mail at the Manawatu District Council.