City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Swimming Pools, Spas & Safety Barriers

NEW pool fencing requirements have come into effect as of 1 May 2016. Building permit applications for pool safety barriers are now required to comply with Australian Standard 1926.1-2012. For more information, please contact the City's Swimming Pool Inspectors on 9411 3444.

Note: A new swimming pool and spa safety barrier information sheet will be made available soon.


If you are thinking of building a swimming pool or installing an outdoor spa on your property, please read on.

WA Building Legislation

Under the Building Act 2011, a building permit is required for a swimming pool and an outdoor spa. This includes inflatable and/or portable above-ground pools.

In addition a building permit must be obtained for pool safety barriers.

Your Responsibilities

All property owners who have a swimming pool or spa on their property are required by law to provide a compliant safety barrier around the pool or spa.

What is a compliant pool safety barrier?

Pool safety barriers must comply with the provisions of the Building Code of Australia, Building Regulations 2012 and Australian Standard 1926 Part 1 (NB: knowledge of AS 1926 Parts 2 & 3 is strongly recommended).

It should be noted that pool fencing requirements vary for pools installed before and after 5 November 2001. For more information, please refer to the relevant information sheets listed on the right.

Alternatively, contact Building Services to speak with one of the City's Swimming Pool Inspectors to obtain further information.

Building Permit Application Requirements

To apply for a building permit, the following information should be provided:

  1. A completed Building Permit application form (BA1 or BA2) signed by all the owners of the property and the nominated builder;
  2. Two (2) copies of a scaled site plan (min scale 1:200) clearly showing the location of the proposed pool/spa and the safety barrier to be installed around the pool/spa;
  3. Two (2) copies of structural drawings of the pool signed and certified by a practising structural engineer;
  4. Two (2) copies of elevation details for the pool safety barrier showing footing size, fixings, gate hinge and latch height from ground level. 


If the pool builder or spa installer is not going to install the required safety barrier, a separate building permit application must be submitted by the property owner or their nominated pool fence contractor for the proposed pool fence.

Please be aware that issuance of a swimming pool building permit will be put on hold pending the approval of a building permit for the pool barrier.

The City generally strives to issue the permits for the pool and safety barrier simultaneously.  

 The City's Responsibilities

The City of Cockburn has a legislative obligation to ensure that swimming pools and spas within the district are inspected at least once every four years to ensure compliance of the barriers with legislative requirements.


Note: The City carrries out regular aerial photography of all properties within the City of Cockburn.





Download these Documents

BA1 Application for Building Permit - Certified

BA2 Application for Building Permit -Uncertified

BA7 - Notice of Completion

Skimmer Boxes Safety for Kids  

Building Commission Rules for Pools and Spas Booklet

Information Sheets

Pools Spas and Safety Barrier Submission Checklist

Private Pool Spa and Safety Barrier Information Sheet - Pre 1 May 2016

Industry Links

Building Commission


If you wish to pay by Credit Card, please download and complete the Credit Card Authorisation document, and submit along with your application.

Need further information?

Contact Building Services
Tel: 9411 3444
Fax:  9411 3333