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Public Swimming Pools and Spa Pools

​​​​​​​​What pools need to notify with Council?

All public swimming pools and spa pools are required to notify Council of their operation.

Notification of Public Swimming Pools & Spa Pools

What is a public pool?

A swimming pool and spa pool to which the public is admitted, whether free of charge, on payment of a fee or otherwise, including swimming pools and spa pools:

  • to which the public is admitted as an entitlement of membership of a club, or
  • provided at a workplace for the use of employees, or
  • provided at a hotel, motel or guest house or at holiday units, or similar facility, for the use of guests, or
  • provided at a school or hospital,

It does not include swimming pools or spa pools in private residential premises.

The Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates the type of disinfectant to be used in public pools as well as the disinfectant residual parameters. Use Council's Disinfectant Guide to help you determine what levels must be present in your pool and what parameters you must be testing for and recording in your daily log books.

Public Pools and Spa Pools Help sheet - Di​sinfectant Residuals and testing Requirements.

For policy and guidelines please refer to the NSW Health ​Website.​​​​​ ​

Council fees and charges in relation to health compliance reviews can be found here.

Risk based inspection frequency?

Coffs Harbour City Council has implemented a risk based inspection frequency framework. This framework determines how often Council inspects a public pool on the performance of the pool and operator in complying with the prescribed operating requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012.

The framework reduces the regulatory burden on high performing businesses and allows Council to target resources to those that present a greater risk to public health. As part of Councils routine inspection of public pools, the business will be assessed against a risk matrix. The matrix allows an assessment of the type of premises (splash park, swim school , caravan park, hotel etc.) and confidence in management based on the premises history of compliance. The assessment is a weighted system with the final 'score' determining the frequency of the next inspection which will range from 6 months to 18 months.

As the operator of the pool you are in a position to influence how often Council will inspect your pool. You can do this by ensuring that your pool is consistently operated and maintained in accordance with the prescribed operating requirements detailed in the Regulation.

For more information please contact one of Councils Environmental Health Officers on 02 6648 4000.