The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 1 January, repealing the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and including new pool safety provisions in the Building Act 2004.
Parliament passed the new bill on 20 October.
Key changes include:
- a new requirement for mandatory 3-yearly inspections of swimming pools
- allowing safety covers to be used as barriers for spa pools & hot tubs, and
- introducing additional enforcement tools for councils, including notices to fix.
The amendment act creates new Building Code clause F9, on restricting access to residential pools by children under 5. The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment closed consultation on new acceptable solutions for clause F9 on 16 December. Manufacturers & retailers of pool products (spa pools, hot tubs & portable pools) will be required to supply notices with these products. Consultation on the form of the notice closed on 21 October. The ministry is considering the feedback.
Attribution: New act & MBIE releases.