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Swimming Pool Fencing Standards

  • A minimum of 1.2m in height and at least 1.2m above any permanent object (e.g. decking) that is within 1.2m of the fence.
  • Where the fence is made up of perforated material, netting, or mesh, and contains holes more than 10mm wide, the fence must be at least 1.8m high.
  • The space between the bottom of the fence and the ground must not exceed 100mm.
  • Be built of a durable material that cannot readily be crossed by children under six years old.
  • Fences made of vertical poles must be spaced within 100mm of each adjacent vertical pole.
  • All fencing supports, rails, and bracing which are not vertical shall be inaccessible for climbing from the outside of the fence.
  • A fence made of perforated material, mesh, or netting must not have holes bigger than 50mm wide and the material must be firmly attached to a rail at the top and bottom of the fence.
  • Gates are to be self closing, open outwards from the pool, and be clear of anything likely to hold them open.  A self locking catch must be attached at least 1.5m high if on the outside of the fence, and incapable of being unlocked by pulling, lifting, or pushing on the gate.
  • When a building forms part of a fence the door in the building must have a lock preventing that door from being readily opened by children under the age of six years.












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