The laws that apply to Queensland pool owners

first_img MORE NEWS: Fun feature will make the best pool parties REIQ Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson.“It does not matter what its current use is now, such as a skateboard bowl. What matters is what the structure is designed to do. “If you have an empty pool you will still need to comply with the laws unless it can no longer hold water to a depth of 300mm.”The minimum height for a pool fence must be 1.2m and the maximum gap between the ground and the bottom of the fence needs to be 100mm.“This is designed to stop children from crawling under the fence,” Mr Henderson said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoPool gates must open outwards away from the pool area and they have to be able to self-close and self-latch from all position. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 In most cases there also needs to be a barrier between any doors and the pool area, while any windows that can open more than 100mm should have a security screen.“It is the pool owner’s responsibility to ensure that the pool safety barrier is always compliant,” Mr Henderson said.“If you don’t comply with pool safety standards, councils can issue on-the-spot fines of $824.60 for individuals and $2356 for companies.”The maximum penalty a court can impose is more than $19,000. Strict laws apply to household pools that many people aren’t aware of.LAZING by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand or taking a leisurely dip to cool off are popular pastimes for Queenslanders in summer.But many don’t realise there are strict rules that apply to backyard pools and hefty fines for those who fail to abide by them.Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said all pools and jacuzzis must be surrounded by barriers under pool safety laws introduced in 2009.“Under the law, a swimming pool is generally defined as an ‘excavation or structure’ that can be filled with water to at least 300mm (30cm) deep and is designed to be used mainly forswimming, bathing, wading, paddling or aquatic activity,” he said. MORE NEWS: House sells a day after hitting the marketlast_img

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