NSW Pool Compliance FAQs

New laws for properties with swimming pools and spa pools

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is responsible for the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012. If you have any questions about the information provided below, please contact your local council.

From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold or leased without a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate. Local councils and accredited private certifiers can provide information on how to obtain a certificate.


Q1. What is the pool Compliance Certificate?

A swimming pool compliance certificate is a certificate that states your swimming pool or external spa is safe and compliant to the applicable Australian standards.

Q2. How do I get a Pool Compliance Certificate?

Contact a private certifier to have your compliance certificate issued.

Q3. What Pool Types are included?

All swimming pools both internal and external are included (including swim spas and external spas)

Q4. Can I see if my swimming pool already has a compliance Certificate?

Yes you have a private certifier check if your swimming pool is registered or contact local council

Q5. How long does the Pool Compliance Certificate Last?

A swimming pool compliance certificate lasts for no longer than 3 years from the date of issue.

Q6. Who Can Do Pool Compliance Checks?

Only a private certifier or local council can do a swimming compliance.