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A Building and Pest Inspection Doesn’t Include a Pool Safety Inspection

If you’ve just purchased a property, no doubt you’re nervously awaiting the results of your building and pest inspection. But there may be yet another inspection you need to have done particularly if the property has a pool or spa, a pool safety inspection is not normally included as part of a pre-purchase building and pest inspection as it must be conducted by a specialist licensed pool safety inspector. You should not treat this as a trivial issue as achieving compliance may be costly and there are severe penalties for noncompliance.

From 30 November 2015 (or earlier when a property is sold or leased), all Queensland swimming pools will be required to comply with a new pool-barrier safety standard, which has been phased in since 2009.

Stage 1 of Queensland’s new pool safety laws was introduced on 1 December 2009 to concentrate on new pools, followed by Stage 2 on 1 December 2010 which extended to existing pools.

According to the QBCC, “under Queensland’s pool safety laws:

  • a pool safety certificate which can only be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector after a thorough inspection, is mandatory when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool
  • pool safety certificates are valid for 1 year for a shared pool and 2 years for a non-shared pool  e.g. associated with a house
  • the pool safety standard applies to all pools indoor / outdoor, irrespective of accommodation type
  • all pools had to be included on the pool safety register by 4 November 2011
  • safety barriers are mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300 millimetres
  • if a building is within the pool fence perimeter, it needs to be fenced from the pool
  • toilet facilities and change rooms may be located within the pool area, mustn’t provide a thoroughfare into the pool enclosure from outside”.

This means that if you are buying a property with a non-shared pool, then you must be provided with either a pool safety certificate or a notice of no pool safety certificate before the contract and before settlement, the latter advising you that a certificate must be obtained within 90 days of settlement.

So if you are about to purchase a property with a pool or spa, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the pool’s fencing has a current Pool Safety Certificate. To enforce this, the QBCC and local council authorities will be conducting random compliance audits of pools.

“The new standard is complex and covers, among many issues, the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable areas, gate-latching requirements, and prevention of direct access from a building into a pool area. You can find more information on the QBCC website or make enquiries 24/7 to the QBCC by phoning 139 333″.

Book a building inspection through ABIS today by completing our online building and pest inspection booking form.

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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