New South Wales swimming pool legislation change
A swimming pool can bump up the value of a home significantly, with the highly desired feature seen as a drawcard for many prospective buyers.
However, swimming pools are not without their challenges, with owners having to comply with a number of government legislations to ensure it is legal and safe.
Whether your home has an existing swimming pool, or you are thinking about buying residential real estate with a pool, New South Wales residents need to be aware of a number changes made to the Swimming Pools Act 1992 recently.
Amendments to the legislation passed by parliament on October 23 mean those who own private swimming pools must now register their pool with the local council, with the details to be kept on a special register.
Under the reforms, local councils must also develop and adopt a program to carry out regular inspections of swimming pools in the region to ensure that they comply with legislation - coming into effect April next year.
In addition, as of April 2014, a valid certificate of compliance for a swimming pool must be attached to the contract for sale of land and be provided to residential tenants.