Swimming Pool Fencing

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Under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987, all swimming and spa pools must be fenced. The Act aims to protect young children from the dangers of unfenced swimming pools. Private swimming pools are the single most significant water hazard for pre-school children. Studies in New Zealand and overseas have shown that most drownings are amongst the children of pool owners and legitimate visitors, rather than wandering children. Therefore a boundary fence is not a satisfactory safety measure.

Council officers inspect swimming pools and spa pools within the district in order to ensure all pools comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.

Regulatory Manager Pat Moore says, "It is the owners and occupiers responsibility to ensure that the swimming pool fencing complies with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 at all times while the pool has water in it. This includes spa pools."

All swimming pools capable of holding more than 400mm depth of water are required to be fenced before filling.

Swimming Pool Checklist
If you have a pool or spa which is fenced, please use the checklist below as a guide as to whether it is safe.

Swimming Pool Checklist

More information is available in the swimming pool brochure, but if you have any queries or concerns, you can phone and talk to one of our Compliance staff, on 765-6099.

Swimming Pool Brochure