Structures within the Pool Area

Access and Restrictions

  • A child-resistant barrier is required to separate a residential building from the pool structure.
  • Pools must be separated from residential buildings - this includes being separate from a detached or attached garage, laundry, shed, boat shed, clothes line or any structure not solely associated to the pool.
  • Taking these measures reduces the frequency of entering/ leaving the pool. In other words the enclosed pool area is only to be accessed for pool use and not as an access way to other structures.
  • Access to the residence from the street, waterfront or other public place is to be outside the pool enclosure and not through the pool area.
  • Toilets, showers, change rooms, cooking and food storage facilities are to be accessed outside the pool enclosure.

Allowed pool structures 

Provided these structures are solely associated with pool operation/use, they are allowed. Their size needs to be in keeping with the size of the pool.

  • Sheds used to contain pool filter equipment, pool chemicals, filtration equipment etc.
  • Free standing pergolas, cabanas and small shade structures, pool furniture etc.
  • If you are unsure about a planned structure within your enclosed pool area please contact Council's Environmental Services Division.


Some pools contain exemptions in relation to structures and how structures are to be separated from the pool area.