For a spa pool/hot tub to be classified as a ‘small heated pool’ it must:
A spa pool, that does not meet the classification of a ‘small heated pool’, is classified as a residential pool and will require a building consent before installing a pool barrier.
A ‘small heated pool’, if covered with a compliant safety cover, will not require building consent.
Yes, but only if the safety cover is not fitted with lockable snap fasteners.
Under the Act, barriers for residential pools that are ‘small heated pools’, such as spa pools and hot tubs, need to restrict access only when the pool is not in use. This enables covers to be used as barriers for certain small heated pools.
Safety covers can be the barrier that restricts access to a small heated pool, where the water surface area is 5m2 or less. The Building Code will allow a safety cover where the side walls of the pool are at least 760mm high and cannot be climbed.
A safety cover must have signage indicating its child safety features, and must be able to:
* restrict entry of children under five years of age when closed
* withstand a foreseeable load i.e. the weight of a 5yr old child
* be readily returned to the closed position.
A cover for a small heated pool (5m2 of water area or less) which can be locked by means of a mechanism for keeping the lid fastened and is operated by a key.
Young children are at risk if they have unrestricted access to pools in the home environment. Therefore, existing and new indoor pools are now subject to the same barrier requirements as other residential pools.
For example, doors to the pool room must not be able to be readily opened by children and would need to be self-closing or have an alarm. Alternatively, a compliant safety cover can be used for an indoor small heated pool.
Yes. As it is partially filled it must comply with section 162C of the building Act 2004.