What You Need to Know About Getting Approval for Your Pool

September 22, 2020

If you’ve been thinking about installing a pool at your home, now is the perfect time to start. When you factor in the design, approval, and construction timelines, building a pool can take months — so it’s time to kick off the process if you want to enjoy your pool this summer.

Part of the process requires getting approval to build your pool. In certain circumstances, you will need permission from your local council before you begin construction, which can take quite some time.

In this post, we’ll discuss what it takes to get your pool approved in New South Wales, as well as tips for making the process easier.


How do you get a pool approved?

In New South Wales, there are two ways to get your pool approved. Most people prefer to fast-track the process by getting a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) from a certifier (instead of your local council). You can qualify for a CDC if your building project is relatively straightforward and meets certain criteria.

Homeowners and builders tend to prefer this type of approval because it’s faster and easier than going through the council. Plus, you don’t need to notify your neighbours about your project if you have a valid CDC.

If you don’t fit the qualifications for a CDC, then you’ll need to secure development consent from the council by submitting a Development Application (DA). This is the only approval option in certain cases, like if you’re building a new home.

Unfortunately, getting a DA isn’t as simple as a CDC, and it can take up to eight weeks to secure council approval. It’s also more expensive.


Tips for simplifying the pool approval process

All of that might sound complicated — but it doesn’t have to be. Here are our tips for making the process easier and avoiding headaches.

Give yourself plenty of time. Even if you decide to get a CDC for your pool build, the approval will still take some time. We recommend beginning this process as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you might find yourself rushing to finish your pool build in the middle of summer, having missed out on an entire season. With a bit of planning and forward-thinking, you’ll spend this summer lounging by your new pool — rather than stressing about your approval.

Work with a reputable builder. For some people, there’s nothing more terrifying than the thought of going through a lengthy approval process. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate this complicated system by yourself. Professional pool builders like Blue Haven Pools can guide you through the entire process, managing important steps like permit preparation, drafting plans, and more.

Stay productive during the waiting period. Don’t let your pool project stall while you wait for your approval. Instead, keep the momentum going and start preparing for your new pool during this downtime. For example, you can start shopping for new outdoor furniture and pool toys, or you can look up tasty recipes for when you host your first pool party.

When you’re ready to start building your new pool, Blue Haven Pools is here to make it happen. We’ll help you make the pool of your dreams a reality, creating a special place where you can gather and make memories for years to come.

Get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today by calling us on 13 20 25.


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