Registration of a swimming pool (Brisbane) - Queensland

Description

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.

Examples:

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

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

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

  • any swimming pool or spa located on private property.

Examples:

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

Duration

This licence remains in effect for one year.

Fees

Contact council to determine applicable fees.

Transfer

This licence cannot be transferred.

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

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Operating address: Library & Customer Centre, 266 George Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1434
BRISBANE
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Fax: 07 3403 9982