You need to apply for development approval of a swimming pool before you can install it. Once installed, new pools must be inspected and certified by Council or another accredited certifier.
All pools and spas must be registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register and Council has the authority to issue a fine for unregistered pools and spas. Council also has a program for the ongoing inspection of pools.
The Swimming Pools Act defines a swimming pool as:“ ….an excavation, structure or vessel: (a) that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300 millimetres (30cm), and (b) that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity, and includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath, anything that is situated within a bathroom or anything declared by the regulations not to be a swimming pool for the purposes of this Act." Note, this includes demountable, inflatable and portable pools.