Like any building consent, safety is central to the legal requirements for new above ground or in ground pools, spas and/or associated fencing.

Apply for building consent

For a new pool and/or pool fence you will need to apply for a building consent.

  • Application for building consent and/or PIM (B-002) [ Doc 830KB or PDF 110KB]
  • Swimming, spa pools and associated fences check sheet (B-054 - Currently under review)

New pool safety legislation effective from 1 January 2017

The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 was passed into law in October 2016.

This Act replaces the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and incorporates new pool safety provisions in the Building Act 2004.

The new legislation is effective from 1 January 2017 and introduces a number of changes in relation to residential swimming pool fencing requirements, including allowing the use of safety covers as a barrier for spa pools and hot tubs (subject to certain conditions being met).

Importantly, the new legislation still requires residential pools to have an effective means of restricting access by small children. Residential pool owners and operators must continue to install and maintain pool fencing and other barriers to ensure ongoing compliance with the law from 1 January 2017.

The Council’s existing inspection, registration and exemption approach will change under the new legislation.

Guidance on how to comply with the new pool safety provisions, including information on how the Council will approach compliance with the new legislation will be available in 2017.


Refer to the Building Consents Fee Schedule.

Please note: that fixed fees and minimum application fees do not always cover all of the consent related costs of an application.

For further guidance and advice

Contact a Duty Building Consent Officer.