Pool and Spa barrier requirements
an extract from VBA website
All swimming pools and spas capable of containing water to a depth greater than 300 mm (30 cm) must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children (under the age of five). Barriers are required for:
- in-ground pools and spas.
- above-ground pools and spas, including relocatable and inflatable pools that are capable of holding more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water and require assembly on site.
- indoor pools and spas.
- bathing and wading pools capable of containing more than 300 mm (30 cm) depth of water.
Barriers aren’t required for:
- inflatable swimming pools (typically toddler or wading pools) that cannot contain a water depth greater than 300 mm (30 cm).
- small inflatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.
- bird baths.
- water supply/storage tanks.
- fish ponds.
- baths used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use.
- spas inside a building (e.g. in a bathroom) used for personal hygiene and emptied after each use.
- pools or spas that cannot contain a water depth of more than 300 mm.