People add details to their homes and properties to give them a unique appearance and personal touch. Many modifications and installations are made to accommodate the owners’ needs. A swimming pool is one of the most popular additions.
Pools have many benefits. Pools can be used as entertainment areas and increase the property’s market value. It is not possible to sell a property with a pool without a official occupation certificate.
So, what is an occupation certificate? And what information are required to obtain one? This information will help you to be on the right side and keep you up-to-date with the requirements for an occupation certificate.
What is the definition of occupation certificate compliance in a pool?
The NSW Swimming Pool Register issues an Occupation Certificate to property owners who rent or sell properties with a spa or pool. Houses with pools must comply with the regulations contained in the certificate. A valid certificate of compliance is required for any property with a spa pool, or other type of pool.
How to comply with an occupation certificate
To be eligible for a compliance certification, an individual must know the details.
Signage for pool construction and repair
Every pool under construction must display a sign indicating that it isn’t being used or occupied until a certificate is issued. Failing to comply with this requirement will cause more damage and disruption to the whole operation.
A pier inspection must take place as soon as excavation starts if the pool requires one. The findings must also be submitted to the certifier.
If screw piles are required for pool installation, the contractor must submit a certificate. The certifier will receive the certificate.
The council/certifier inspects and approves the steel pattern immediately after the excavation and installation of steelwork. To avoid delays, it is advisable to book the inspection in advance.
The pool steel can be earthed
When earthing pools, the earth wire is usually tied at the skimmerbox. To avoid electrocution, the glass fencing steel spikes must be earthed. The electrician must be familiar with AS 3000 electrical compliance certificate wiring requirements. The certifier will receive the certificate if everything is in order.
For optimal performance and protection, the filtration system must be contained within a soundproof enclosure box. This is a requirement of regulation that guarantees proper certification.
A sign must be posted inside the pool area. The self-closing gate is required. The fence should not be wider than 100mm.
Without the approval of the council, decks and holding dividers should not be built around the pool. Different surfaces may not be compliant depending on the hardscape or softscape ratios.
Basix is a penalty for an individual who has a larger swimming pool. The NSW management will impose water conservation obligations.
A final inspection will usually be done after the pool is filled with water. The final inspection will lead to the issue of the final occupation certification. To obtain the final occupation certificate, you will need an electrical compliance certificate and a swimming pool registration certificate.
The property can be sold
It is vital to keep the final occupation certificate safe as it is crucial for property sales. The council might charge you to obtain a new copy. This could delay your property’s sale.
Without a Final occupation certificate, it is illegal to occupy a swimming-pool. Register today to be certified and begin a legal construction that is both legal and for sale.