Buildings in Pool Area

QLD swimming pool regulations impose restrictions on buildings in pool areas. The only types of structure that are permitted within a pool barrier are a patio, verandah, deck, balcony or the like (of any class having at least one side permanently open) or Class 5 - 10 buildings. Other than structures meeting these classifications there must be a compliant pool barrier between the building and the pool.

Access cannot be provided to the pool area through a building (of any class). A door must not be used, even if it is child resisitant.

The Building Code of Australia provides the definitions for the different classes of buildings. They are as follows:

Class 1: one or more buildings which in association constitute-

(1) Class 1a - a single dwelling being-

    (i) A detached house; or

    (ii) one of a group of two or more attached dwellings, each being a building, separated by a fire-resisting wall, including a row house, terrace house, town house or villa unit; or

(2) Class 1b- a boarding house, guest house, hostel or the like

    (i) with a total area of all floors not exceeding 300m squared measured over the enclosing walls of Class 1b; and

    (ii) in which not more than 12 persons would ordinarily be resident.

Which is not located above or below another dwelling or another class of building other than a private garage.

Class 2: a building containing 2 or more sole-occupancy units each being a separate dwelling.

Class 3: a residential building, other than a building of Class lor 2, which is a commonplace of long term or transient living for a number of unrelated persons, including-

(a) a boarding house, guest house, hostel, lodging-house or backpackers accommodation; or
(b) a residential part of a hotel or motel; or
(c) a residential part of a school; or
(d) accommodation for the aged, children or people with disabilities; or
(e) a residential part of a health-care building which accommodates members of staff; or
(f) a residential part of a detention centre.

Class 4: a dwelling in a building that is Class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 if it is the only dwelling in the building.

Class 5: an office building used for professional or commercial purposes, excluding buildings of Class 6,7,8 or 9.

Class 6: a shop or other building for the sale of goods by retail or the supply of services direct to the public, including-

(a) an eating room, cafe, restaurant, milk or soft-drink bar; or
(b) a dining room, bar area that is not an assembly building, shop or kiosk part of a hotel or motel; or
(c) a hairdresser's or barber's shop, public laundry, or undertaker's establishment; or
(d) market or sale room, showroom, or service station.

Class 7: a building which is-

(a) Class 7a - a carpark; or
(b) Class 7b - for storage, or display of goods or produce for sale by wholesale

Class 8: a laboratory, or a building in which a handicraft or process for the production, assembling, altering, repairing, packing, finishing or cleaning of goods or produce is carried out for trade, sale, or gain.

Class 9: a building of a public nature-

(a) Class 9a - a healthcare building including those parts of the building set aside as a laboratory; or
(b) Class 9b - an assembly building, including a trade workshop, laboratory or the like in a primary or secondary school, but excluding any other parts of the building that are of another Class; or
(c) Class 9c - an aged care building.

Class 10: a non-habitable building or structure -

(a) Class 10a - a non-habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed, or the like; or
(b) Class 10b - a structure bring a fence, mast, antenna, retaining or free-standing wall, swimming pool, or the like.

References: QLD Development Code MP3.4 Figures 24 - 29, Section A3.2 Classifications in Volume 1 of the Building Code of Australia 2010