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The main purpose of regulating private swimming pools is to ensure they are maintained and operated in a manner that reduces risk to public health and safety. Council's role is to monitor the standard of operations of swimming pools. Compliance with Council's requirements will assist you in providing a safe and hygienic swimming environment for your customers. If your specific questions are not answered on this site, contact Council.

The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (eg person(s) or Company). Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

Pools operating in the following situations require an approval from Council: Operation of public swimming pools being the operation of a swimming pool that is made available for use to—
(a) members of the public or a section of the public; or
(b) participants in organised swimming or diving competitions or in training for organised swimming or diving competitions; or
(c) persons who have a commercial relationship with the owner of the pool. 

The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (eg person(s) or Company). Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

Pools operating in the following situations require an approval from Council:
Operation of public swimming pools being the operation of a swimming pool that is made available for use to—
(a) members of the public or a section of the public; or
(b) participants in organised swimming or diving competitions or in training for organised swimming or diving competitions; or
(c) persons who have a commercial relationship with the owner of the pool.

Pools operating in the following situations do not require an approval from Council: If the swimming pool is—
(a) on a local government controlled area; or
(b) a State school swimming pool; or
(c) a swimming pool made available by a body corporate of a community titles scheme for use by the owners or occupiers of the lots of the scheme or their invitees.

Also, the local law does not apply if the operation of the public swimming pool complies with the minimum standards prescribed in each of subsections (3) to (8) (below) inclusive.

(3) The public swimming pool water must be tested—
(a) to ensure that biological contaminants are kept within specified levels; and
(b) in accordance with, and at frequencies nominated by, the Queensland Health Swimming and Spa Pool Water Quality and Operational Guidelines (October 2004); and

(4) The person undertaking the prescribed activity must—
(a) provide and maintain all equipment necessary for emergency medical treatment, first aid and the rescue of persons in difficulty; and
(b) erect and display notices at the public swimming pool that—
(i) provide information about basic life saving, resuscitation and first aid techniques; and
(ii) warn about possible dangers; and
(c) install and maintain all equipment necessary for the chlorination, filtration and recirculation of water in the public swimming pool; and
(d) provide and maintain dressing rooms and facilities for showering and sanitation; and
(e) maintain a daily record or register of the number of persons who use the public swimming pool for inspection by an authorised person of the local government on request; and
(f) display, in prominent positions around the public swimming pool, notices stipulating that children using the public swimming pool must be accompanied by an adult; and
(g) not permit or allow any person under the influence of an intoxicating or stupefying substance or liquor to be at, or use, the public swimming pool; and
(h) not permit or allow any person suffering, or appearing to suffer from, an infectious, contagious or offensive disease or skin complaint to enter the public swimming pool; and
(i) not permit or allow any animal to be brought onto any part of the land upon which the public swimming pool is located; and
(j) immediately remove any animal found on any part of the land upon which the public swimming pool is located; and
(k) ensure that the public swimming pool is fitted with —
(i) a filtration unit; and
(ii) a chlorination unit; and
(l) ensure that the public swimming pool is provided with a hair and lint strainer; and
(m) provide and maintain—
(i) scum gutters of an open design to permit easy cleaning of the public swimming pool; or
(ii) surface skimmers capable of removing all extraneous floating matter from the public swimming pool; and
(n) at all times maintain the public swimming pool free of extraneous matter.

(5) The operation of the public swimming pool must not—
(a) detrimentally affect the amenity of neighbouring premises; or
(b) cause environmental harm; or
(c) cause environmental nuisance.

(6) The operation of the public swimming pool, including each building, structure, facility and equipment used in the operation of the public swimming pool must be kept and maintained—
(a) in good working order and condition; and
(b) in a clean, tidy and sanitary condition.

(7) Each toilet, bathroom, kitchen, laundry and drinking water facility used in the operation of the public swimming pool must be provided with an adequate and continuous supply of water.

(8) The person undertaking the prescribed activity must provide and maintain—
(a) necessary sanitary conveniences and sanitary facilities for the operation of the public swimming pool; and
(b) waste containers sufficient to accommodate the collection and storage of waste generated by the operation of the public swimming pool.