March 26, 2024
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Dreaming of a pool? What you need to consider in Brisbane

Dive into your pool ownership dream in Brisbane with Poolz. Our guide answers all your questions from safety laws to costs, highlighting the benefits of our precise price calculator for a tailored experience. Explore your options and start planning today for endless backyard fun.

Rhiannon Royal
Building a new swimming pool in Brisbane

The Australian dream to own your own pool endears - but where do you start? Poolz answers the common questions when beginning the journey towards swimming pool ownership.

Commonly Asked Questions When Building A Swimming Pool

At Poolz, we take your splash dreams seriously! That dream needs to start somewhere, but it can be a little daunting when you realise that there are literally endless possibilities when it comes to building swimming pools.

There are a lot of things to consider when adding a pool to your house, from planning to construction, safety, fencing and maintenance - and then there are the aesthetics! With so much to think about, where do you start with your idea? Generally, you need to think about your personal situation, in your location, and work from there.

Stunning out of ground pool in Bowen Hills, Brisbane Queensland

Are there any pool safety laws in Queensland?

First and foremost, you need to know the law about swimming pool ownership. Pool Safety Certificates are required to be renewed and your single aim when deciding on every element of your pool build should be in regard of these regulations. The Queensland Government is responsible for this legislation so it's imperative to read through the rules.

Legislation and building approval

In Queensland, pool safety laws are stringent to ensure the safety of individuals, particularly children, around swimming pools. These laws mandate that all pools, including spas, must be registered with the local council and comply with specific pool safety standards.

These standards include the installation of a compliant pool fence with appropriate fencing height, non-climbable zones, and self-closing gates. Regular inspections by a licensed pool safety inspector are required to ensure ongoing compliance, with penalties for non-compliance ranging from fines to legal action.

Swimming pool in Auchenflower, Brisbane Queensland

Do I need local council permission to build a pool in Brisbane?

You need council permission and obtain building approval to build a pool before commencing your construction project. This ensures that your pool plans comply with relevant building codes, zoning regulations, and pool safety standards.

Distance from your house to other structures

Factors such as the pool's size, location on your property, and proximity to boundaries or other structures, like your house wall, may influence the approval process.

Look for longevity

During the pool build process, it's essential to remain vigilant for warning signs that could compromise the longevity of your investment. Keep a close eye on the construction progress, ensuring that proper techniques and materials are used at every stage.

Any deviation from the agreed-upon plans or shortcuts in construction could indicate potential problems down the line. By maintaining a proactive approach throughout construction, you can minimise the risk of future maintenance issues and extend the lifespan of your new swimming pool.

Custom concrete pool in Tennyson, Brisbane Queensland

How much does a swimming pool cost?

Researching the costs of building a swimming pool may be time consuming but it requires a personalised approach tailored to individual circumstances. Factors such as the size, type, and features of the desired pool, as well as site conditions, and council regulations, can all determine the overall cost. Begin by assessing your budget and determining how much money you're willing to invest in your pool project.

Gather quotes from multiple reputable pool builders, ensuring they provide detailed breakdowns of costs associated with excavation, construction materials, equipment, and additional features like decking or landscaping. Get recommendations from friends or family who have recently built a pool and inquire about their experiences with different pool builders.

What does a new pool in Brisbane cost?
Please check out this detailed guide with specific costs for plunge pools, fibreglass pools and custom concrete pools from Brisbane pool builders.

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

The average time it takes to build a home swimming pool can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the design, site conditions, and permit approvals. Time lines may extend if there are delays in obtaining necessary permits or adverse weather conditions. Engaging experienced pool builders who efficiently manage each stage of the pool construction process can help ensure a timely completion while maintaining high standards of quality and compliance with local regulations.

The average time can be dependent on your choices, so if you have chosen to go with a pre-cast model (e.g. a pre-cast concrete plunge pool, or fibreglass) it can typically take about 4-8 weeks from end to end after all the paperwork and red-tape is approved. However if you are installing a concrete pool of any size, it can take about 8-12 weeks.

Decide on the type of pool you want

When deciding on the type of pool you want for your outdoor space, it's essential to consider various factors to ensure it aligns with your vision and complements your property boundary. Begin by assessing the available space and determining whether an in-ground or above-ground pool best suits your needs.

When getting a pool built, explore the diverse range of options available, from traditional concrete pools to modern fibreglass designs. Additionally, consider incorporating water features such as fountains or waterfalls to enhance the visual appeal and create a tranquil oasis in your backyard. For added luxury and relaxation, contemplate integrating a spa into your pool design, providing year-round comfort and rejuvenation.

Out of ground pool in Mount Gravatt East, Brisbane Queensland

Concrete or fibreglass swimming pools?

Concrete pools offer greater flexibility in design, allowing for customisation to suit your specific preferences and the unique features of your property. Unlike fibreglass pools, which come in pre-formed shapes and sizes, concrete pools can be tailored to fit any space and accommodate various water features or design elements.

Concrete pools tend to have a longer lifespan and can withstand the test of time, making them a durable and long-lasting investment. While the initial construction of a concrete pool may take longer and require more intensive labour, the versatility and durability it offers can outweigh the advantages of fibreglass alternatives.

Fibreglass pools are manufactured in a factory, and while they can be a faster installation and seem to offer a great warranty, there can be fine print you should make sure you are familiar with before making your choice. The benefits of fibreglass installations can be aesthetic and personal preference. The "look and feel" of a fibreglass pool may suit the environmental conditions of your yard better, may feel better under your feet, or be the size and shape you need ready to go!

In current times, the cost of installation is comparable for concrete and fibreglass pools, so when you add fencing and landscaping to you project and allow for the necessary access - you just need to be aware of how you want to manage the ongoing maintenance of your investment.

What is the warranty on a concrete swimming pool?

The warranty on a concrete pool in Brisbane can vary depending on the pool builder and specific contractual agreements. Thoroughly review the terms and conditions of the warranty provided by your chosen pool builder to understand what is covered and for how long. By law a contractor must offer a minimum seven year warranty on the installation of your concrete pool and it is enforced by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Some warranties may offer extended coverage for certain components such as equipment or surface finishes. Discuss warranty details with your pool builder before construction begins to ensure clarity and peace of mind.

Making the most of a small yard

Making the most of a small yard when building a pool in Brisbane requires thoughtful planning and creative design solutions. Firstly, consider the size and shape of the pool to maximise available space while still allowing for functional use and circulation around the pool area. Opting for a smaller, geometric pool shape or a slimline design can help maximise space without compromising on aesthetics or functionality.

This small front yard on a hill in Hamilton mad use of their space for a plunge pool.

Finding a pool builder

Finding a pool builder in Brisbane using the Poolz website offers a convenient and efficient way to connect with reputable professionals in the industry. By simply entering your location and project requirements on the platform, you can browse through a curated list of experienced pool builders in the Brisbane area.

Your ongoing commitment

While construction is under way, it's also wise to plan for ongoing maintenance to uphold the longevity of your pool. Allocate a portion of your budget for routine maintenance tasks, such as cleaning, water treatment, and equipment servicing.

Proper maintenance not only preserves the aesthetic appeal of your pool but also helps prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future. Accessibility is another crucial consideration, so ensure adequate access points for construction and future maintenance, taking into account any potential obstacles or restrictions on your property.

Investing in quality filtration systems and automation technology will streamline maintenance processes and ensure optimal water quality year-round. By prioritising maintenance alongside construction, you can enjoy your new swimming pool in Brisbane for many years to come, knowing that it's built to last.

Choosing tiles or pavers, heating and lighting, for my pool?

When planning the benefits of a new pool, be aware of practical features such as heating and lighting to maximise the enjoyment and functionality of your pool area. Heating systems ensure comfortable water temperatures, extending the swimming season and allowing for evening dips even in cooler weather. Similarly, strategic lighting installations can transform your pool into a captivating focal point after sunset, enhancing safety and ambiance.

East Brisbane, Queensland

Building a pool in Brisbane is no small feat

The long-term financial implications of getting a pool built, including ongoing maintenance, utilities, will provide potential increases in property value over it's life span, up to 7% according to While a higher upfront investment may seem a better idea and yield a more durable and aesthetically pleasing pool, it's essential to strike a balance between your desired features and budget constraints. Factor in any potential financing options or incentives available, such as government rebates for energy-efficient pool equipment, to offset initial costs.

By thoroughly researching and understanding the costs associated with building a swimming pool in Brisbane, you can make informed decisions that align with your financial goals and lifestyle preferences, ensuring a satisfying and sustainable investment in your property.

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Rhiannon Royal
Pool Builder Operations
I'm a pool enthusiast turned designer with 25 years of industry experience. Creating dream pools is my passion, and I'm thrilled to help builders and homeowners bring their visions to life through Poolz.
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