Reminders for Swimming/Spa Pool Regulations, Fire bans, and Conserving water

Posted by Auckland Property Management Ltd on November 27, 2019 | Tenants

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Please read the below important reminders to ensure you keep your friends and loves ones safe this summer.

Please read the below important reminders to ensure you keep your friends and loves ones safe this summer.

Swimming/Spa Pool Regulations Reminder

It’s tempting to purchase an inflatable or portable swimming pool over the summer but you need to ensure you are adhering to the regulations. If the rules are not complied with, the Council will issue a notice to comply and hefty fines. Any fines issued to owners due to tenants putting up pools that do not comply will be on charged to the tenants. Please note that we expect anyone (tenant or landlord) who has a swimming pool at their property to comply with the swimming pool regulations.

As a reminder:

  • All swimming pools must have a 1.2 meter fixed childproof fence with a self-closing gate opening outwards.
  • The garden hose is to have a non-return valve on it to prevent water flowing back into the mains supply when the pool is being filled.
  • Any pool, fixed or portable or inflatable (such as a paddling or blow up pool), deeper than 40cm is now subject to safety provisions under the Building Act which provides for a $5000 fine if the local council inspector finds an unsafe pool area.

These laws apply to all pools and spa pools that are 40cm or deeper. Even if they are less than 40cm deep and despite being exempt from the act, they should be emptied daily so they do not present a drowning hazard. Children must be supervised at all times near any pool or body of water. No one wants a tragedy to occur; it takes less than a minute for a child to drown.

Any swimming pool that you purchase should outline the responsibilities of owning a pool. There are also fencing rules surrounding spa pools. If you own a spa pool please ensure your spa pool is compliant. Failing to fix an unsafe pool area when ordered to do so could result in a $200,000 fine along with additional fines of $20,000 per day for every day it is not fixed. You must have the home owner’s written approval to install any fencing and have a pool at the property.

The above does not outline all the Auckland Council rules and if you are thinking of purchasing a pool or already own a pool or spa pool ensure it complies with all the necessary laws. These can be found on the Auckland City Council website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and take a look at the Pool Area Safety Checklist to ensure you are compliant on the Auckland Council website here.

 

Check for Fire Bans for Brazier/Pizza Oven Use

If you own a brazier or pizza oven, please make sure you adhere to Auckland Council’s and Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s fire regulations, you will need to ensure you are not lighting a fire during a fire ban. More information can be found at http://www.checkitsalright.nz/  and https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/pizza-ovens-small-heating-cooking-fires.aspx

 

Conserve your Tank Water

A great summer means less rain which unfortunately for those on tank water means there will be less water to use. Please remember to try to conserve your water if you are on tank water.

 

If you have any questions relating to any of the above reminders, please contact your Property Manager.