Pool fencing

What needs to be fenced?

For the purpose of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 a swimming pool is defined as any excavation, structure or product containing water over 400mm deep that is used or is capable of being used for swimming, wading, paddling or bathing and includes spa and inflatable pools.

All pools must be fenced and comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987. Each local council is responsible for monitoring pool fences within their area. Pools must remain empty until an approved complying fence is installed. Contact your local council for more details.

A building consent from your local council is required for the installation of pools and in some cases pool fencing. Contact your local council for more details.

It is recommended that where possible pools and the immediate pool area are surrounded by isolation fencing to prevent thoroughfare of young children from the house to the pool.

If you own the pool the responsibility for the prevention rests with you. If you sit on the fence over this issue, you commit a crime. A crime that could mean a child – your own or someone else’s – dies in your home or on your property.

Fencing that complies with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 is a critically important part of having a safe home environment for children. You can cut the risks even further by:

  • maintaining the fence and gate in good condition;
  • always supervising children in or near a pool;
  • always making sure the gate to the pool is safely shut;
  • setting rules of behaviour around the pool and teaching your child water safety and swim and survive skills;
  • clearing away toys and flotation aids from the pool area when not in use;
  • NEVER prop open the pool gate;
  • learn first aid and resuscitation.