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Swimming Pool Fence Checklist

This is a checklist for your convenience, but does not cover every situation. For further advice for your specific situation, please contact the Pool Fencing Inspections Officers.

Immediate pool area should not contain any of the following:

  • Washing Line
  • Play Area and Equipment
  • Garage, Carport or Vehicle Access
  • Vegetable Garden
  • The Whole Back Yard

 Hinged Doors Giving Access to Pool Area

  • Closes and latches automatically
  • Latch/handle minimum of 1.5m from bottom of door
  • No devices to enable the door to be held open

 Sliding/Bifold Doors Giving Access to Pool Area

  • Latch or locking bolt, at a minimum of 1.5m from the floor

  Windows Giving Access to Pool Area Closer Than 1.2m From The Floor

  • Should be fitted with a limiter to prevent them opening more than 100mm


  • 1.2m high from outside ground level or any permanent projection within 1.2m
  • Gaps under fence less than 100mm
  • Mesh size no more than 10mm - fence must be at least 1.2m high
  • Mesh size no more than 50mm - fence must be at least 1.8m high
  • Picket fence gaps no wider than 100mm
  • No climb points on outside of fence e.g. seating etc.


  • Latch on outside of gate to be 1.5m high
  • Latch on pool side to be 1.2m high
  • To open away from pool
  • To be self closing and self latching

 Spa Pools

  • Must have a complying fence or an approved lockable cover

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