Pool audits

Swimming pools must be inspected by the Council or an independently qualified pool inspector every 3 years. Small heated pools that meet the requirements do not need to be inspected.

How pool audits work

Swimming pools must be inspected by the Council or an independently qualified pool inspector every 3 years. Small heated pools that meet the requirements do not need to be inspected.

Pool audits include:

  • residential properties
  • hotels, motels, inns, hostels, and boarding houses
  • convalescent homes, nursing homes and hospices
  • rest homes and retirement villages
  • camping grounds.

We will send you a letter to let you know when your pool is due to be inspected.

What happens during a pool audit

An inspector will visit your property and check all aspects of the pool barrier, including:

  • making sure the barrier is clear of any climbable material
  • any gates
  • any doors or windows opening into the pool area.

Fees

If the Council carries out the pool audit you will be charged $163.50 per hour. This will include:

  • time for the staff member to travel to the property
  • time on site
  • any research or administration directly related to the audit.

Fees for an independently qualified pool inspector (IQPI) vary. If an IQPI carries out the audit, the Council will charge $51.50 to review the report and update our records.

If your pool barrier isn't compliant

If your pool barrier doesn't comply with the rules, the Council will let you know what you need to do to fix it and when it must be done by. Once the repairs or maintenance have been done, you will need to arrange a follow-up inspection.

Pool owners that refuse to make their barrier comply or to empty a pool with a non-compliant barrier can face enforcement action, including a fine of up to $5000.

Need help?

Our Building Compliance team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Phone: 04 499 4444
Email: bccpoolaudits@wcc.govt.nz

If you disagree with the results of a pool audit