Thinking of building a new swimming pool ?
The qualified professionals at Corona Projects have the knowledge and experience to guide you throughout the whole design, preparation and lodgement process of building a new pool.
A new pool is one of the most popular type of home additions we see in Australia. A survey conducted by the Roy Morgan Institute concludes that 2.7 million Australians these days live in a house with a swimming pool. A swimming pool can be a very versatile addition, adding value and appeal to your property.
Although historically, swimming pools have been popular in suburban dwellings, recent trends highlight the increasing demand for pools in inner-city locations too. The need for creative design and space management in these inner-city locations is an aspect that Corona Projects is very familiar with.
What type of application is needed?
The NSW planning system provides two flexible options to approve a swimming pool – subject to condition. If a dwelling with a backyard pool is your dream, you can apply by way of a Development Application (DA) or a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). Both systems are able to approve a pool but in a slightly different manner.
A Development Application is submitted to your Local Council. Council will assess the application and determine if your proposal is suitable on your site. Matters of consideration include controls listed in the Local Environmental Plan and the Development Control Plan. The process is time consuming and will generally take 6-12 weeks. Nonetheless, unlike CDC, Council is able to provide flexibility when the development does not meet certain requirements by approving it on merit.
An alternative is to apply by way of a Complying Development Certificate, applied through a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA). This is an option for those looking for a swift approval with a slightly higher budget. The Certifier will assess your application based on the regulations stipulated in State Environmental Planning Policy – Complying and Exempt Development Codes. If the application does not meet any of the standards, a DA should be lodged for a more flexible option.
The necessity of having your existing pool registered
Constructing your swimming pool in a lawful manner is vital to ensure the legitimacy of your pool and to protect you from penalties.
In 2013, the NSW Government amended the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and introduced a pool registration system and a swimming pool barrier inspection program aiming to minimise the risk of children drowning in pools.
As the owner, you are obliged to upgrade your pool to meet the current standard and maintain its condition. Your pool should be up to the current Australian Standard in order to avoid fines from council.
How Corona Projects can help you build a pool
With years of experience in dealing with Council and Private Certifiers, Corona Projects is able to assist you throughout the entire application process. We are familiar with the NSW planning system and the application process and are able to guide you from the first step until the end.
With the help of or expert partners, we can provide you with the most cost-efficient and comprehensive swimming pool solution. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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