Build, replace or remove a school pool
Find out how to build, replace or remove a pool, and how to pay for it.
- Pay for a new or replacement pool
- New Zealand Standard requirements
- Fences and signage
- Changing rooms, toilets and showers
- Pay for pool removal
There is no Ministry funding for building or replacing a school pool - a pool is not a School Property Guide (SPG) entitlement.
You can use board funding (such as grants and fundraising). This funding will need to cover the pool and all associated facilities.
When building or upgrading a pool, you must meet the requirements of NZS 4441:2008 'Swimming Pool Design' Standard.
The ‘Swimming Pool Design’ Standard covers:
- the design and construction of swimming pools
- water treatment facilities
- contracting requirements for designing and constructing swimming pools
- requirements for safety and good operational management.
Most architects, pool designers and builders will have access to the Standard, but you can buy it here:
NZS 4441:2008 'Swimming Pool Design' (external link) (NZ Standards website)
You must have fences and signage that meet the legal requirements and design standards set out in:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) (Legislation website)
- Building Act 2004 (external link) (Legislation website)
- Building Code (external link) (including the new Clause F9 for pool fencing) (Building Performance website)
- NZS 8500:2006 'Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools' (external link) (Standards NZ website)
Fences around school swimming pools must not harm people, even trespassers. For example, fences should not have any accessories capable of causing injury to people, such as barbed wire, spikes or arrow tips etc.
More information about fencing: Fencing at schools
You must provide changing rooms for pool users that have:
- adequate privacy for pool users to change, giving regard to the gender, cultural or religious requirements of the school community
- adequate lighting, ventilation and drainage
- dry places to store belongings.
When upgrading your facilities, you must also ensure there are toilets within the pool enclosure.
Showers, preferably warm, are recommended but are not mandatory.
Capital expenses of removing a school pool are likely to include:
- demolishing the pool
- re-filling the hole
- landscaping the area.
You can pay for these costs using either:
You must include the project in your school’s 10YPP and balance it against the other priorities of your school.
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