Swimming pools and spas

Southland District Council has a duty to help ensure pools on residential properties are safe, and to provide advice and assistance to home owners to ensure pools meet the legislative safety requirements.

It is estimated that there are more than 60,000 in-ground swimming pools and 100,000 small heated pools in New Zealand, and quite a few of these are in the Southland District.

Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and lap pools are great for recreational activity and relaxation, but they can also be extremely dangerous for small children. Sadly, every year families suffer a terrible loss through drowning in residential pools. On average, every year two children aged under five die from preventable drowning and more than 30 are hospitalised.

Council’s goal is to assist you in making your pool and pools areas safe for everyone.

Email us: building-cs@southlanddc.govt.nz

Lodge a building consent online through Simpli

Pool Fences

What is required to safely fence your pool.

Spas/Hot Tubs

Make sure your small heated pool is safe.

Gates in Pool Barriers

What is required for a safe gate into your pool area.

Council's role

What is Council’s role.


What will happen when the pool is inspected.

Tips and Tricks

Keeping children safe around pools and pool areas.


How do you register your pool with Council? Council requires all pools to be on its pool register. To add your pool to the pool register, download the form from the forms section and send it back to us. Once the pool has been registered, it will go into a queue for an inspection.

Water Safety New Zealand (external link)

Dairy New Zealand – Effluent Pool Safety (external link)