Pool Fencing Regulations

Many Gold Coast locals and QLD residents come to us with questions about pool fence regulations. As a leader in the pool fencing industry we have put together a list of common questions and answer for you to read and get a better understanding of what regulations are in place for pool owners. First, please have a read of the compulsory rules that apply to all QLD residents. All information is from qbcc.qld.gov.au

Pool Fence Rules

  • The minimum height from finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
  • The maximum allowable gap from finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm.
  • There must be one gap of at least 900mm between any horizontal rails on the outside, and the gaps in the vertical members must not exceed 100mm.
  • If there is no gap between horizontal rails of at least 900mm, then the horizontal rails must be on the inside and the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm.
  • For fences less than 1800mm high, climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and, where the verticals are more than 10mm apart, 300mm on the inside.  
  • For fences at least 1800mm high, the 900mm non-climbable zone may be on the inside of the fence and must be measured from the top of the inside.  This could be useful for a boundary fence, for example, where it is difficult to make the non climbable zone outside the fence . Make sure that there is nothing underneath this zone that a child could jump on to, which would reduce the effective height of the fence from the minimum 1800mm
pool fence regulations

Pool Gate Rules

  • Pool gates must not open inwards to the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions. 
  • Latches on the the gate must be at least 1500mm high from the ground level and 1400mm from the top part of the lower horizontal railings. If not, the latch must be located inside so that it is necessary to reach over or through the fencing at a height of not less than 1200mm above ground level or at least 1000mm above the top part of the lower horizontal railings. It must also be 150mm below the top of the gate or the edge of any hand hole opening and, if necessary, covered with a 450mm radius shield with no openings greater than 10mm 
  • Pool gate hinges thicker than 10mm must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a non-climbable (sixty degree) safety cap fixed to prevent climbing.
pool gate regulations


How close can a pool be to a boundary fence on the Gold Coast?

The pool can be no higher than 2 metres above ground level and no more than 2 metres above a retaining wall or other structure. If any part of the fence is more than 2m from ground level, it can not be within 1.5 metres of a boundary fence.

What height does a pool fence need to be on the Gold Coast?

The minimum height from ground level to the top of the barrier has to be 1.2 Metres or 1200mm. The maximum allowable gap 10cm or 100mm. A gap must also be left between horizontal rails on the outside of at least 90cm or 900mm and the gaps in the vertical members must not exceed 100mm.

Why are there pool fence regulations on the Gold Coast?

Put simply, to save lives. Too many young children have drown in the past and the government was forced to enforce strict pool fencing regulations that work.

Is the pool fencing law strict or can I get away with no fence?

If your pool is deeper than 18 inches or 2032mm, you are required by law to install a fence around your pool. Pool fencing regulations do vary depending on your state or territory but on the Gold Coast if you are reported and caught without a pool fence you will be hit with a very heavy fine. There are numerous materials that you can use when installing a fence but you need to ensure it is done by a certified installer and built to specification.

Do above ground pools require a pool fence on the Gold Coast?

The outer pool wall must be a minimum of 1200mm or 1.2m above ground level, this isn’t a lenient rule so it is always best to be 100% sure if you are currently checking laws. The 1.2m rule only applies to above ground pools that don’t have any external bracing struts that would facilitate climbing. Pool fencing that is compliant and a gate that is compliant must still be placed around the ladder or access point to the pool.

Does a spa need a pool fence on the Gold Coast?

Yes. Due to safety regulations outdoor in-ground spas will require fencing for the foreseeable future.

What are the penalties for not having a pool fence in QLD?

The QLD government has the power to investigate the compliance of pool safety standards and can issue fines where they see fit.
If current pool vicinity does not comply with pool safety standards, local governments can issue on-the-spot fines of $934 for individuals and $2669 for companies and apartment buildings.
Did you know, the maximum penalty a court can impose is $22,019.
If you fail to register your pool, QBCC can issue penalties which includes an on-the-spot fine of $266 for individuals or $800 for companies. The court can impose a maximum penalty of up to $2669.

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