Changes to inspection of residential pools


On 1 January 2017 the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 revoked the Fencing of Swimming Pool Act 1987 and added the new pool provisions into the Building Act 2004. This means that residential pools have to be inspected every three years by territorial authorities or independently qualified pool inspectors (IQPIs).

The new independently qualified pool inspector (pool inspector) regime was introduced from 1 January 2017. This means when pool owners have their swimming pool barriers inspected to ensure they comply with the Building Act, they will be able to choose either their local territorial authority (local council) or a pool inspector to carry out the inspection.

Building Code clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools sets out the minimum requirements for restricting access to residential pools. Consultation on this Code closed on 16 December 2016. The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is currently considering the feedback received for this consultation and intends to publish new Acceptable Solutions in April 2017.

From 1 September 2017, manufacturers and retailers must supply notices with pools informing consumers that the pool must have barriers that restrict access by young children.

If you have questions or need guidance about your pool, please contact the Grey District Council Building Control team on 03 769 8608 or email

Page reviewed: 04 Apr 2017 1:43pm