This checklist is a guide only. For further information please contact: Fences Building Division The immediate pool area is fenced. Whangarei District Council The fence is at least 1.2m high. Phone: 09 430 4200 The fence is constructed of unclimbable material. Fax: 09 438 7632 There is no gap or space in the fence greater than 100mm. Freephone: 0800 WDC INFO (0800 932 463) Horizontal railings are not less than 900mm apart. Website: www.wdc.govt.nz A building that forms part of the fence must comply with the Act. This is a general information document and for safety and legal reasons Council advises that all work be checked against the Gates current Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987. Gates open outward. Pool Fencing Gate self closes and automatically latches. Is latch 1.5m from ground if on outside of gate? Is latch 1.2m from ground if on inside of gate? Guidelines Door & window access to pool Are there top-bolts on ranch slider and bi-fold doors? Are there restrictors on windows? Vision To be a vibrant, attractive and thriving district, developing sustainable lifestyles based around our unique General safety environment; the envy of New Zealand and recognised worldwide. Always supervise children. Learn First Aid & resuscitation. Mission Creating the ultimate living environment. Values • Communication • Customer First • Innovation and Excellence • Valuing Employees and Partnerships • Visionary Leadership Whangarei District Council Private Bag 9023, Whangarei Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei Phone: 09 430 4200, Fax: 09 438 7632 Freephone: 0800 WDC INFO (0800 932 463) Email: email@example.com Website: www.wdc.govt.nz Pool Fencing Regulations Spa Pools All domestic swimming and spa pools in New Zealand are Spa pools that are not in a building or enclosed structure required to be fenced in compliance with the Fencing of are required to comply fully with the Fencing of Swimming Swimming Pools Act 1987. The primary aim of this Act Pools Act 1987. This also applies to portable spa pools. is to protect the safety of young children. Pool fencing In October 2002, the Building Industry Authority (BIA) is the responsibility of homeowners who must meet the determined that lockable spa pool covers are no longer standards required by the Act. Pools are deﬁned as any suitable safety barriers. excavation, structure or product in which the maximum depth of water exceeds 400mm, that is used, or capable of being used, for the Pool fencing standards purpose of swimming, If you are planning to install a swimming pool or spa pool wading or bathing. you will need a council Building Consent. The fence must Did you know? surround only the Emptying a swimming or spa pool pool and the area Pools must remain empty until they have fencing that Statistics indicate that incidents of child drownings at immediately around complies with the Act and has been approved by a home have reduced by half since 1987, when the Fencing the pool. This area Compliance Ofﬁcer. Swimming and spa pools sometimes of Swimming Pools Act was introduced. must contain things become unstable when emptied. We recommend you only used in association with the pool: for example, obtain expert advice from a private swimming pool It is estimated that so far more than 160 children owe changing sheds or pool decking. It should not include consultant to ensure your pool is emptied safely without their lives to the “Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987”. the clothesline or a vegetable garden; however, damage to either the pool or environment. buildings may form part of the fencing if they comply 85-90% of children who drown in home pools are legitimate with the Act. visitors to the property - not children who wander onto the Sale of property with non-complying pool property. If the boundary fence is made use of there is a danger There is nothing in New Zealand law to stop a homeowner that a neighbour may unwittingly make the fence selling a property with a non-complying pool or pool Studies have indicated that supervision and education unsafe. For example, a neighbour’s trees, stacks of fence. However, prospective property buyers should be alone are not sufﬁcient prevention strategies for pre-school wood etc. within 1.2m of the fence may enable a child aware that as soon as drowning. In fact supervision fails 69% of the time. to climb over the fence into the pool area. a property with a non- complying pool passes Many cases of pre-school drowning occur with a caregiver Many homeowners have argued that no children live in into their ownership on the property who has only taken their eyes off the their house or that none live in their neighbourhood and they will be responsible youngster for a few minutes. that the aesthetic appeal of their pool will be affected for any remedial work if they fence it. These are not acceptable reasons for required to comply with It is unrealistic to expect pre-school children to stay away failure to provide adequate fencing under the Act. In the Act. from an unfenced pool merely because they have been cases where an issue or incident occurs because of a told to. non-complying pool Whangarei District Council and the If you would like to know if a property for sale within the property owner could be held responsible. Whangarei district has a complying pool fence, you can Pre-school children cannot be expected to learn the elements find out by obtaining a Land Information Memorandum of water safety or how to react in an emergency. (LIM) from Council. This will also help you see if there are any other outstanding building consent issues on Children drown quickly and quietly. the property.
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