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Pools and spas

All pools and spas in the City of Canning are required to have building approval, compliant safety barriers and regular inspections.

If you’re thinking of installing a pool or spa, please read through the below information about inspections, installations and safety guidelines.

Installing a pool or spa

If you’re thinking of installing a new pool or spa, please read the Building Commission of WA’s fact sheet, which explains the permit process and your responsibilities.

Apply for a swimming pool or spa and the associated fencing by submitting the required form to our Building Services team. Visit the Building Commission Website for the forms.

Pool inspections

The City of Canning is required by law to inspect pool and spa barriers for safety. Inspections must occur with no more than four years between inspections. Under the Building Act 2011, pool inspectors have a legal right to enter properties to conduct these inspections. Inspections are undertaken with prior notification.

To learn more about your pool inspection, please contact us.

Self-assessment checklists

Self-assessment checklists can give you a sign about whether your pool or spa barrier meets the relevant Australian Standards.

There are different standards depending on when your pool was installed. To find the right self-assessment checklist, you will need to know when the pool or spa was installed:

Whilst the self-assessment checklists are a helpful guide, the City’s inspector uses more comprehensive checklists, which may cause a different outcome.

For more information on pools and spas installed prior to 5 November 2001, read the Building Commission’s booklet about what you need to know to ensure your pool or spa is compliant.

Pool and spa safety

  • always close pool and spa gates
  • ensure the gate self-closes and self-latches from all positions
  • remove all climbable items from the pool or spa fence
  • maintain pool and spa barriers, but remember – there is no substitute for good supervision
  • check on dangerous skimmer boxes.

From transforming your pool from a green mess to crystal clear waters to safety advice around all sorts of pools. Check out these pool safety tips and resources:

Summer is round the corner and this means pool season! While backyard swimming pools offer fantastic fun for families, they can also pose a serious threat to young children. In fact, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age.

The City is raising awareness about the importance of maintaining the safety of backyard pools and are encouraging the local community to take 10 minutes to check and maintain their pool gate, barrier, and its surrounds.

The City urges pool and spa owners to take 10 minutes to check and maintain their pool gate, barrier and its surrounds. Self-assessment checklists can give you a sign about whether your pool or spa barrier meets the relevant Australian Standards. There are different standards depending on when your pool was installed. To find the right self-assessment checklist, you will need to know when the pool or spa was installed.

While active supervision is the best protection against childhood drowning, no parent can watch a young child 24 hours a day. Here are some of the common issues with pool barriers that the City’s Inspectors routinely identify:

1. Secure Your Pool

  • Install self-latching gates and fences.
  • Remove climbable objects around the pool area.

2. Portable Pools Matter

  • Know the safety laws regarding portable pools (30cm+ deep).
  • Always empty and store them properly after use.

3. Self-Assessment Checklist

  • Regularly assess your pool barriers using our self-assessment checklists. Make sure your pool meets the relevant Australian Standards.

4. Active Supervision

  • Keep a close eye on kids around the pool.
  • Consider enrolling your child in swimming lessons for added safety.

Portable pools can also pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable pool with very little water, it only takes seconds for a child to drown.

Inflatable and portable pools can present a danger as they are not usually fenced and may not be completely emptied after use. Pool fencing laws apply to pools, including portable pools containing water 30cm deep or more.

Has your pool turned an unexpected shade of green? No worries, we've got you covered.

Follow these steps to transform your green pool back into a crystal-clear oasis:

  1. Test your swimming pool water
    Take a sample of pool water for analysis - this will tell you exactly what the pH and chlorine levels. Take it to your local pool shop. When chlorine levels drop below 1 ppm, it can cause algae to grow in the pool, turning the pool water green.
  2. Balance the pH level in the pool
    Balance the pH by adding either an acid or a base to bring the level to just around 7.8. This is at the high end of the range you would normally want in your pool, but that's necessary when you're treating it for algae.
  3. Add super shock chlorine
    Next you’ll need to give your pool a shock dosing of chlorine. The stronger levels of a super shock product will quickly kill or neutralise any organic substances in your pool.
  4. Clear up the water
    To get sparkling clear water, you need to loosen up the algae in your pool so it then can be easily vacuumed up. Do this by using a high potency flocculent. It will also improve the performance of your pool filter. Gain your local pool shop can help with this.
  5. Kill off any algae
    In a green pool, you will need to use a high strength algaecide to effectively kill off any algae or other life floating in your pool.
  6. Brush pool walls
    Brush pool walls to remove algae. Then vacuum the loosened algae from the pool floor the next day.
  7. Make sure your filter is working effectively
    Pool water needs to be filtered and will not clear up very quickly if you have a filter that doesn't work properly. It doesn't matter how much shock you put in the pool if you have a poor filter.
  8. Re-check chemical levels
    All chemical levels should be in the normal range.

The Canning Swim School combines fun with aquatic education. Lessons develop skills in stroke technique, personal development, and water familiarisation. Canning Swim School operates an ongoing program at both Cannington and Riverton Leisureplex out of five teaching pools across the two centres. Lessons are available 7 days a week, over 48 weeks of the year.

Enrol online today.

Skimmer boxes

Skimmer boxes can be dangerous. Children have suffered serious and fatal injuries because of open top skimmer boxes.

We recommend you make the skimmer box safe by buying a skimmer box conversion kit from your local pool shop. These kits can be purchased for a minimal cost and immediately improve the safety of your skimmer box.

For more information about the dangers of skimmer boxes, please read the product safety alert.

Portable pools

Inflatable pools and portable pools containing water more than 300mm deep are required to have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children.

Use these resources to ensure your inflatable or portable pool is safe:

Pool and spa removal

The requirements for a safe removal of spas and pools are explained within our Pool and Spa Decommission information sheet.

Settlement enquiries

If you are purchasing a property with a pool or spa, we recommend you condition the purchase subject to a compliance report on the safety barrier provided by the Local Government.

To request either a copy of the most recent pool barrier inspection report or a site visit by one of our Pool Inspectors, submit an application through My Canning.

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