Learn how to properly install your home pool and keep it safe to use.
Drowning is a major cause of accidental death of children in New Zealand.
All residential pools (including small heated pools such as spa pools or hot tubs) are required by law to have physical barriers that restrict access, to keep unsupervised young children safe around them.
Pool barriers must comply with the pool safety provisions enacted by the Building Act 2004.
Watch our video below to learn the key safety tips for your home pool:
To ensure the safety of young people, you must make sure that your pool barriers get inspected at least once every three years (n/a for small heated pools when their access is restricted by a cover instead of a fence).
Council will send you a reminder. Once received, you can choose to have the inspection performed by either our swimming pool officer or an Independently Qualified Pool Inspector (IQPI).
IQPIs are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). To book a pool inspection by an IQPI, please refer to the MBIE’s pool inspector public register.
You can request an inspection online or by calling us on 04 570 6754 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you have any enquiries, please get in touch.
Before any inspection, we recommend you refer to the following two documents:
Our swimming pool officer undertakes three-yearly inspections of existing pools to ensure access is adequately restricted by barriers complying with the Building Act.
Hutt City Council charges the owner of the pool for part of the cost of these inspections, rather than burden the ratepayer with the full cost. Check out our fees.
For new pools, we inspect the pool and fence as part of the building consent process. Our swimming pool officer must inspect and approve the pool fence before we issue a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC).