Buying or Selling a House with a Pool in Queensland: 2024 Guide

In Queensland, where the climate invites outdoor living, many homes feature swimming pools. If you’re planning to buy or sell a property with a pool in 2024, it’s crucial to understand the pool safety regulations and compliance responsibilities to ensure a smooth transaction.

Understanding Pool Safety Regulations

When selling a property with a pool, the REIQ contract requires sellers to disclose the status of the Pool Safety Certificate. This certificate confirms that the pool meets safety standards and is mandatory for non-shared pools. If a current certificate is not available, the seller must issue a Form 36 Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate before contract signing. Post-settlement, the buyer has 90 days to secure a Pool Safety Certificate, with significant penalties for non-compliance.

Selling a House with a Pool

Obtaining a Pool Safety Certificate: As a seller, ensure your pool has a valid Pool Safety Certificate. If not, arrange an inspection by a licensed pool safety inspector to certify compliance.

Disclosure Requirements: Inform potential buyers about the pool’s compliance status through the REIQ contract, ensuring transparency and legal adherence.

Buying a House with a Pool

Check Pool Safety Certificate: Verify that a valid Pool Safety Certificate exists. If absent at settlement, you are responsible for obtaining one within 90 days.

Inspect Pool Condition: Have the pool inspected by a licensed professional to identify any maintenance or compliance issues before finalizing the purchase.

Insurance Considerations: Ensure your home insurance covers the pool, addressing potential risks and liabilities.

Shared Pools

For properties with shared pools, the responsibility for obtaining a Pool Safety Certificate may differ. Buyers and sellers should negotiate pool safety responsibilities and formalize them in writing before completing the contract.

Importance of Pool Safety

Compliance with pool safety laws is critical, not just for legal reasons but also for preventing accidents. Proper fencing, barrier maintenance, and adherence to safety standards can significantly reduce drowning risks and enhance pool safety.


  1. What is a Pool Safety Certificate?
    • It confirms that the pool complies with Queensland’s safety standards and is mandatory for selling properties with pools.
  2. Who is responsible for obtaining a Pool Safety Certificate when selling a house?
    • The seller is responsible for providing a current certificate or a Form 36 notice if the certificate is not available.
  3. Can a buyer cancel the contract if there’s no Pool Safety Certificate?
    • Yes, if the seller fails to provide a Form 36 notice and no certificate is available, the buyer may cancel the contract.
  4. What are the penalties for not obtaining a Pool Safety Certificate within 90 days of settlement?
    • Failing to obtain the certificate can result in fines up to $24,437.80 and potential pool closure.
  5. Does the type of pool affect the need for a safety certificate?
    • All non-shared residential pools require a safety certificate, regardless of type or size.
  6. How long is a Pool Safety Certificate valid?
    • It’s valid for two years for non-shared pools and one year for shared pools.
  7. What if the pool fails the safety inspection?
    • Necessary repairs and adjustments must be made to bring the pool up to compliance before a certificate can be issued.
  8. Are pool safety laws the same across all Australian states?
    • No, pool safety regulations can vary by state. It’s important to understand Queensland-specific laws for property transactions in the state.
  9. Can pool safety features add value to a property?
    • Yes, well-maintained pools with compliant safety features can enhance property value and appeal.
  10. Where can I find a licensed pool safety inspector?
    • The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) provides a list of licensed inspectors.
Note: This guide offers a general overview. For tailored advice, consult a legal expert familiar with Queensland property and pool safety laws.