If your property has a pool
Whether you own or rent a property with a pool, it’s your responsibility to make sure it has a barrier around it that complies with the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2017.
All pools in Wellington City should be on our pools register, and swimming pools must be inspected through a pool audit every 3 years. Small heated pools, like hot tubs and spas, do not need to be inspected if they meet the requirements.
You can choose to have a pool audit carried out by the Council or an independently qualified pool inspector.
Check if your pool is on our register
We keep a register of all pools in Wellington City so they can be inspected.
Phone the Building Compliance team on 04 801 4311 if you want to:
- check if a pool, hot tub or spa is on the register
- report a non-compliant pool
- find out if a pool has been removed from the register.
Fencing your spa or swimming pool
How to make sure your pool barrier is compliant
All pools more than 40cm deep must have a physical barrier that:
- is at least 120cm high
- surrounds the pool and part or all of the area around it
- has nothing on the outside that a child could use to climb over it.
For small heated pools – like a spa or hot tub – the barrier may cover the pool itself.
- open away from the pool
- not be able to be easily opened by children
- close automatically after use.
If you're building a new pool
You'll need to get a building consent first. This is because installing a pool fence is considered building work under the Building Act 2004.
Our Building Compliance team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Phone: 04 499 4444