Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987

  • repealed
  • Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987: repealed, on 1 January 2017, by section 19 of the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 71).

Schedule Means of compliance for fences under this Act

ss 13B, 13C

Schedule heading: amended, on 1 July 1992, by section 92(1) of the Building Act 1991 (1991 No 150).

Height

1(1)

The fence shall extend—

(a)

at least 1.2 metres above the ground on the outside of the fence; and

(b)

at least 1.2 metres above any permanent projection from or object permanently placed on the ground outside and within 1.2 metres of the fence.

(2)

Notwithstanding subclause (1), where the fence is constructed of perforated material, netting, or mesh and any opening in the material, netting, or mesh has a dimension (other than the circumference or perimeter) greater than 10 mm, the fence shall extend at least 1.8 metres above the ground or the projection or object.

Ground clearance

2

Any clearance between the bottom of the fence and ground level shall not exceed 100 mm.

Materials

3

All materials and components shall be of a durable nature and shall be erected so as to inhibit any child under the age of 6 years from climbing over or crawling under the fence from the outside.

Schedule clause 3: amended, on 20 November 1989, by section 2(1) of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 117).

4

Except where the fence is horizontally close-boarded or is made of perforated material, netting, or mesh, the spacing between adjacent vertical pales, panels, or other posts shall not exceed 100 mm at any point.

Schedule clause 4: amended, on 20 November 1989, by section 2(2) of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 117).

5

All fencing supports, rails, rods, and wires, that are not vertical, and all bracing that is not vertical, shall be inaccessible for use for climbing from the outside.

Schedule clause 5: substituted, on 20 November 1989, by section 2(3) of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 117).

5A

Notwithstanding clause 5, a fence may have horizontal supports, rails, rods, or wires, that are accessible for use for climbing from the outside, and horizontal bracing that is accessible for such use, if—

(a)

the distance between any 2 of them at any point is at least 900 mm; and

(b)

there is no other support, rail, rod, wire, or bracing (other than a vertical rail) between the same 2 at any point.

Schedule clause 5A: inserted, on 20 November 1989, by section 2(3) of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 117).

6

Where any perforated material, netting, or mesh is used, no opening in that material, netting, or mesh shall have any dimension (other than the circumference or perimeter) greater than 50 mm.

7

All perforated material, netting, or mesh material shall be firmly attached at both top and bottom to a rail, pipe, or similar firm structure, or otherwise be of such a nature that the fence cannot readily be crossed by children under the age of 6 years.

Gates and doors

8

Every gate or door shall be so constructed as to comply with the relevant requirements of clauses 1 to 7, and shall be so mounted that—

(a)

it cannot open inwards towards the immediate pool area:

(b)

it is clear of any obstruction that could hold the gate or door open and no other means of holding the gate or door open is provided:

(c)

when lifted up or pulled down the gate or door does not release the latching device, come off its hinges, or provide a ground clearance greater than 100 mm.

Operation of gates and doors

9(1)

Every gate or door shall be fitted with a latching device.

(2)

Where the latching device is accessible from the outside of the fence only by reaching over the fence, gate, or door or through a hole in the fence, gate, or door, the latching device and the lowest point of any hole giving access to it shall be at least 1.2 metres above the ground on the outside of the fence.

(3)

Where the latching device is otherwise accessible from the outside of the fence, gate, or door, the latching device shall be at least 1.5 metres above the ground on the outside of the fence.

10

Every gate or door shall be fitted with a device that will automatically return the gate or door to the closed position and operate the latching device when the gate or door is stationary and 150 mm from the closed and secured position.

Doors in walls of buildings

11

Where any building forms part of a fence and the pool is not contained within the building, any door that gives access to the immediate pool area need not comply with the requirements for gates or doors set out in clauses 8 to 10 to the extent (if any) that the territorial authority is satisfied that such compliance is impossible, unreasonable, or in breach of any other Act, regulation, or bylaw, and the door is fitted with a locking device that, when properly operated, prevents the door from being readily opened by children under the age of 6 years.