There are a number of decisions to be made by homeowners looking to invest in a residential swimming pool. Discussed below are answers to three questions that an interested homeowner may have in relation to the construction of fences around residential swimming pool areas.
What Is The Non-Climbable Zone?
The non-climbable zone refers to a "safe heaven" of sorts between the residential pool and its fence. True to its name, the non-climbable zone is meant to deter anyone looking to gain access to the residential pool area by climbing over the fence.
When installing a pool fence, homeowners are required to ensure that they create this "safe heaven" by having the pool fence installed a certain distance away from the nearest building, shrubs or trees, ladders and anything else that may act as a source of support for someone trying to climb over the pool fence.
In New South Wales for example, the law requires homeowners to maintain a distance of at least ninety centimetres between the bars of the fence.
The non-climbable zone is especially important for residential swimming pools that will be accessible to young children on a regular basis.
What Happens When State Regulations Clash With Local By Laws Related To Pool Fence Construction?
Due to the sensitive nature of safety-related matters around residential pool areas, the construction of pool fences is regulated by both state laws and by-laws formulated by local councils.
Many times, state laws regarding the construction of pool fences are less demanding than the by-laws formulated by local councils.
For example, state laws may allow homeowners the privilege of direct access to a residential pool area from the most convenient part of the house, while local council by-laws may place various restrictions on direct access.
In the event of a clash between state laws and local council by-laws, homeowners are advised to ensure compliance with the by-laws formulated by their local council(s).
Can One Be Exempted From Compliance With Pool Fencing Regulations?
Yes. Homeowners can apply to be exempted from complying with pool fencing regulations.
However, interested homeowners will need to prove the need for non-compliance. For example, homeowners who live with disabled persons can apply for this exemption if the installation of a pool fence will make it cumbersome for the disabled person(s) to access the residential pool area.
For more informaiton, talk to a professional like Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas.
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