Registration of a swimming pool (Brisbane) - Queensland

Service summary

Pools operating in the following situations require a licence from council:

  • any swimming pool or spa open to the public, whether or not a charge for admission is made, or if the person who controls admission reserves the right to refuse admission.


  • pools and spas associated with gymnasiums
  • spas associated with beauty salons.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


Pools operating in the following situations do not require a licence from council:

  • any swimming pool or spa located on private property.


  • pools or spas associated with hotels and motels
  • pools or spas associated with private schools
  • residential pools or spas.

Definition of terms

Public pool

A swimming pool that is made available for use to:

  • members of the public or a section of the public on payment of an entrance fee or other charge; or
  • participants in organised swimming or diving competitions or in training for organised swimming or diving competitions; or
  • persons who have a commercial relationship with the owner of the pool, but does not include a swimming pool made available by the body corporate of a group subdivision scheme for use by the owners or occupiers of lots in the scheme or their invitees. Examples:
    • a swimming pool available for use by paying guests in a hotel or motel;
    • a swimming pool available for use by customers or employees of the owner.
Swimming pool

A swimming pool under the Building Act 1975.


This licence cannot be transferred.


This licence remains in effect for one year.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


You can obtain this licence by completing an Application for Entertainment Venue Permits and submitting it to council.

Additional information

Public or commercial swimming pools are regulated to ensure:

  • swimming pools generally comply with essential standards of health and safety
  • the operation or use of swimming pools does not result in nuisance to adjoining occupiers or others
  • public pools are properly managed and supervised.

Permit conditions

A permit may be granted on conditions council considers appropriate.

The conditions of a permit may require, for example:

  • the operator to test the water daily to ensure that biological contaminants are kept within levels specified in Australian Standards
  • provision of specified equipment for emergency medical treatment and first aid or rescue of persons in difficulty or other aspects of public health and safety
  • erection and display of notices providing information about basic life saving resuscitation and first aid techniques or warning about possible dangers
  • regular testing of the water to ensure that biological contaminants are kept within acceptable levels
  • installation of special equipment for filtering, purifying and recirculating the water
  • provision of dressing rooms and facilities for showering and sanitation.

However the conditions of the permit must be consistent with the conditions of any statutory authorisation or approval for the installation of the swimming pool.

Council may, by local law policy, prescribe conditions that must be imposed in a permit or that will ordinarily be imposed in a permit.

Notice of intention to empty public pool

If the owner of a public pool intends to empty the pool, the owner must give the Local Council at least 24 hours, written notice of intention to empty the pool. The owner must comply with any directions given by an authorised person about when and how the swimming pool is to be emptied.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Local law(s) name

Brisbane City Council - Local Law (Entertainment Venues and Events) 1999

Contact details

Brisbane City Council

Operating address:
Library & Customer Centre, 266 George Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1434
Queensland 4001


07 3403 8888


07 3403 9982

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