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New Swimming pool fencing rules 09 Feb 2017

On the 1st January 2017 new fencing of swimming pool laws came into force.  This law replaces the previous “Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987”.  The new laws affect property owners who have residential pools on their property. The key changes from the previous laws are;

Pool fencing in the past on some properties has been granted an exemption by the local council under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 that was in place at the time.  Those exemptions may now not apply and those pools are likely to not comply with the new rules.

Properties that are on the market to be sold may end up having the swimming pool fencing assessed by a pre purchase building inspector while carrying out a builders report.  In some cases that building inspector may have been requested to provide a certificate for the compliance of the fencing as part of their inspection and report.

So for the safety of children and to prevent future problems when selling your property it would be wise to ensure your swimming pool fence (or any other type of pool) is compliant. However, in any case the pool fencing must be inspected once every 3 years commencing from January 2017.

For guidance for pool owners follow this link to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment web page that provides the rules on fencing pools – https://www.building.govt.nz/building-code-compliance/f-safety-of-users/pool-safety/guidance-for-pool-owners/safety-guidance-for-pool-owners/

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