Gold Coast Pool fencing law exemptions – relief for people with disabilities

If you live on the Gold Coast with a mobility disability you may be eligible to apply for an exemption to the Queensland Pool Fencing Regulations if it impacts your ability to gain access to and utilize your pool.
In Queensland and all around Australia there are strict pool fencing laws that every pool owner must adhere to or face a harsh penalty.
The regulations in Queensland mean that you have to have a pool fence that is:

  • At least 1200mm high
  • Has no spaces larger that 100mm under the barrier
  • The latch must be 1500mm from the ground level and 1400mm from the lowest horizontal rail.
  • Must have a CPR sign featured in the pool area.
  • No gaps bigger than 100mm in between vertical posts or panels in the fence
  • Must not have any climbable items within 900mm of the fence as this would lower the effective height below 1200mm
  • Must not have any doors or windows open straight into the pool area, bypassing the fence.
  • Must definitely have a self-close latch that shuts from any open position

On the other hand, for some men and women in our community this could be challenging to follow if you have a disability. Some of the most common examples is for people in wheelchairs. If you have a wheelchair, there should be nothing in the law stopping you from enjoying your pool. However, it can be a problem if you will need to have the gate latch located at 1500mm above the ground because it can be out of easy reach of a person in a wheelchair.
If you have a disability that makes it impractical to follow the Queensland Pool Fencing regulations you can contact the local council to apply for an exemption. However, you can only get an exemption to the rules if the current rule would deny you access to the pool, and if you actually live on the property where the pool is located.
Any exemption permitted will only cover the level necessary to overcome the unworkability of the rule– that means that if you are enabled to lower the gate latch, you can not just simply ignore the rest of the rules.

If you have to apply for an exemption, the most ideal place to begin would be getting in touch with the Queensland building and construction commission or the talk to the ‘Pool fencing on private property’ contact with the Gold Coast City Council
if you have any concerns about how to alter your pool fence, or have certain fencing needs, Absolut Custom glass can help custom build your pool fence to make sure that it fits your unique circumstance and requirements. Feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 937 902

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