All properties with a pool that are sold or leased must have a current compliance certificate (The certificate confirms that the pool and fencing measure up to required standards).
Certificates are issued by Cowra Shire Council following an inspection.
While property owners are responsible to make sure child-resistant fences are maintained, anyone who rents or occupies a property with a pool is also responsible to make sure a pool fence is installed and maintained.
To arrange an inspection, residents can download the form here, drop it in or email to council and arrange payment. The state government has set a fee of $150 for the inspection. Additional inspection fees are charged, per inspection, if the pool is not complying in the first instance and requires subsequent inspections.
Once the application form is lodged, along with any relevant documentation, and the fee paid at Council, a council staff member will contact the applicant, generally within a couple of days, to arrange an inspection.
Home-owners are advised to work their way through the online check-list and get any necessary work done on their pool before they arrange an inspection. This could avoid the need for a potential follow-up inspection if problems are found.
This ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ fact-sheet has more information about inspections.