By David Crombie – EAC CEO.
In NSW, the owners of properties with a swimming pool and/or a spa pool are required to register their pools and spas on the NSW Swimming Pool Register. The Provisions of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requiring pool owners to obtain a Certificate of Compliance before selling or leasing their property will now commence on 29 April 2016.
In a media release sent out by Paul Toole, Minister for Local Government last Thursday, 26 February 2015, it was advised that “pool owners will be granted a 12-month extension to make sure they have a valid compliance certificate before the property can be sold or leased.” This means that if you are selling or leasing your property you do not need to attach a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate to the Contract for Sale of Land until 29 April 2016.
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole stated that “The evidence showed there was a high failure rate for initial inspections and a heavy demand to make pools compliant”
We have received several calls from Members in regards to the change and it is interesting to note that despite the announcement the NSW Government Swimming Pool Register website still states the 29th April 2015 as can be seen below.
Further to this when you go into the Register your pool section on the NSW Office of Local Government it mentions nothing of the change nor does the downloadable Swimming Pool Register – FAQ document which still references 29 April 2015. It is not until you navigate to the section on Selling or leasing a property with a pool or spa that you will find the change.
There was no communication of this change to EAC despite being involved in discussions in the past. I would have thought that the supporting websites and documentation would have been updated at the same time as the announcement had been made but obviously this has not been the case and I have expressed this view and requested that the sites be updated in calls to the Office of Local Government and the contact for Minister Toole.
The Media release can be viewed here.