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Swimming pool consents

Pool compliance

An outflow discharge point such as a gully trap (foul water) must be provided for all pools and a backflow prevention device must be fitted to the water supply for the pool. Backwash from swimming pools must also be discharged via a gully trap.

To protect young children from drowning in private swimming pools the Building Act 2004 requires that all swimming pools with a maximum depth of water of 400mm or more must have a physical barrier that restricts access to children under five.  Council is required to regularly inspect these pools.

For information about the pool compliance, please read the Swimming Pool Barrier Guide (776KB PDF).

If you have any queries regarding your pool application please contact our Pool Compliance Officer.


Council is required to collect levies for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and BRANZ.  These levies are based on the value of works and are explained in the Building Unit Fees and Charges.

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