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  • Profile photo of keikokeiko
    Join Date: 2008
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    Hi, I just bought a house with a swimming pool and there is a wooden picket fence around the pool, Is this legal or does it have to be glass or steel, House is in QLD

    Also what is the required height?

    If the pool is kept empty does it still require a fence etc?

    Also does a pond require a fence around it? 

    Profile photo of Jamie MooreJamie Moore
    Join Date: 2010
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    Hi Keiko

    Get in touch with the local council and get their advice in writing. Swimming pools = huge liability.



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    Profile photo of hanoixuahanoixua
    Join Date: 2007
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    This one extract from South Australia gov website. Highly likely QLD have similar rule/law. Talk to council or go to your local council website. They may put all requirements there.

    ” POOL Fencing

    All swimming pools must have a continuous safety barrier maintained by the pool owner that restricts access by young children to the pool.

    If you are a property owner and are selling a property with a pool built before July 1993 you must make sure that the safety barrier meets todays standard for new pools.

    Fencing must be constructed in such a way to make sure that:
    the outside of the fence is an effective barrier to young children
    it is permanent
    young children can’t crawl under or climb over it by using foot and hand holds
    it is at least 1.2 metres high
    any boundary fences used as part of the child-safety barrier are at least 1.8 metres high on either side with a 900mm non-climbable zone. The non-climable zone may be located at the top inside of the boundary fence if the fence is at least 1.8 metres high on the inside.
    Gates to the pool area must:

    swing outward from the pool area
    be self closing from any position
    be fitted with a latching device out of reach of small children at least 1.5m above ground level.”

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