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Keeping kids safe

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Keeping children safe is the focus of a Council driven swimming pool fencing campaign.

The Wairoa District Council building team is about to undertake a district-wide audit in line with Government legislation introduced in 2017 to help keep children safe around swimming pools.

Most swimming pools, even temporary pools, now require fencing or a barrier.

New Zealand law states that all pools with a depth of 40cm or more, must be fenced and have restricted access under NZ law.

Pool owners will also need to take out a building consent to construct an approved fence or barrier.

The consent cost is $150 including GST.

Council’s building team will need to inspect the fencing around pools to ensure it meets the current law and it is a requirement that the pools and fencing are inspected every three-years.

This legislation clearly sets out the types of fencing property owners need to have around swimming pools.

For user-friendly information about the pool fencing requirements head to: https://www.building.govt.nz/building-code-compliance/f-safety-of-users/pool-safety/guidance-for-pool-owners/

If you are unsure if your pool requires fencing, please contact the Wairoa District Council Building team on 06 838 7309 or email consents@wairoadc.govt.nz to discuss your options.

11 February 2020

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