Swimming pools

Swimming pools may be done as complying development (fast-track approval process) if the proposal meets the relevant development standards set out in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy).

General development standards

  • The swimming pool must be for private use and associated with a dwelling house (house used for a residence) and located behind the building line of the dwelling house.
  • The swimming pool water line must be set back at least 1 metre from a side or rear boundary.

Please refer to clause 3.28 of the Housing Code in the State Policy for a full list of development standards that a swimming pool must meet to be carried out as complying development.

Other considerations

  • All works must be structurally adequate, installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
  • If you propose to remove or prune any existing trees or vegetation, you should contact your council first to make sure you don’t need approval for this.
  • Any structures that would be located on public land or on or over a public road (including temporary structures) require separate approval from the relevant council or Roads and Maritime Services under the Roads Act 1993 and the Local Government Act 1993.
  • Generally, complying development cannot be carried out on:
  • land within a heritage conservation area, or a draft heritage conservation area (There are some exceptions - please check the relevant development standards for more information.)
  • land reserved for a public purpose
  • class 1 or 2 land on council’s acid sulphate soils map
  • land in a buffer area
  • land in a river front area
  • land in an ecologically sensitive area
  • environmentally sensitive land
  • land in a protected area
  • land affected by a coastline hazard, coastal hazard or coastal erosion hazard
  • land in a foreshore area
  • land in the 25 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) counter or a higher ANEF counter
  • unsewered land in a drinking water catchment identified in an environmental planning instruments
  • land declared as a special area
  • land in an environmentally sensitive area.
  • In addition, complying development cannot be carried out on land that:
  • comprises an item that is listed in the State Heritage Register (unless an exemption under section 57 of the Heritage Act 1977 has been granted)
  • is subject to an interim heritage order (unless an exemption under section 57 of the Heritage Act 1977 has been granted)
  • is identified as an item of environmental heritage or a heritage item in an environmental planning instrument (unless an exemption under section 57 of the Heritage Act 1977 has been granted)
  • is a critical habitat under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
  • is a wilderness area under the Wilderness Act 1987.
  • You can carry out complying development on bushfire prone land, subject to the requirements in clause 3.4
  • You can carry out complying development on flood prone lots, subject to the requirements in clause 3.5