Registration of a swimming pool (Toowoomba) - Queensland

Description

You need this registration to operate a swimming pool which is made available to the public for use.

The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (eg person(s) or a company).  A business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

The main purpose of regulating private swimming pools is to ensure they are maintained and operated in a manner that reduces risks to public health and safety. Council's role is to monitor the standard of operations of swimming pools. Compliance with council's requirements will assist you in providing a safe and hygienic swimming environment for your customers.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements


Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant Development Approval to operate your business to prevent the application being delayed.

Whilst it is not mandatory it is strongly recommended that you undertake some relevant training in pool operation and life saving.

Fees

You should contact Council to determine applicable fees.

Local law(s) name

Toowoomba Regional Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Toowoomba Regional Council - Subordinate Local Law 1.10 (Operation of Public Swimming Pools) 2011

Application process

You can obtain this licence by completing an Accommodation & Facilities Application and submitting it, along with the relevant fee, 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

Toowoomba Regional Council

Contact details

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

Toowoomba Customer Service Centre

Toowoomba Regional Council

Operating address: 4 Little Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Mailing address: PO BOX 3021
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Phone: 13 18 72
Fax: 1800 448 882
Email: info@toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au
Website: Toowoomba Regional Council (Opens in new window)