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Register your pool or spa or risk a fine, government says

By Shepparton News

New safety laws introduced by the Victorian Government require all landowners to now register their swimming pool and spa with the local council, or face a fine of up to $1652.20.

Under the new legislation, it is now mandatory for all swimming pools and spa owners to register their pools and spas with their local council.

There are also requirements from new fencing compliance guidelines to improve swimming pool and spa safety.

The laws have been introduced to improve children’s safety and reduce incidents of young children drowning.

Registration applies to all pools and spas with a depth of water of at least 300 mm which includes relocatable or temporary pools and spas. Registration is due by June 1, 2020.

Registration fees have been set by the Victorian Building Authority at $31.85, with an additional $47.25 if a building permit number is not provided at the time of registration.

Full compliance for pool safety barrier fencing will not be required until June 2021.

Greater Shepparton City Council will release full instructions on how to register correctly and avoid a fine in the coming weeks.