Let's Talk Custom Fencing Designs

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Let’s talk Custom Fencing Designs

Over the years I’ve seen many custom designs for both Pool Barriers and Boundary Fences. What I’ve discovered is that in the design phase there is little guidance for pool owners with respect to custom designs. May pool owners have identified a risk and have engaged me to come out and talk about their design or test their custom panel whilst in the design phase. Let’s have a look at some of those issues so that maybe  you will be aware before you spend valuable time and money on an idea that has a high risk of non-compliance.     


Custom barrier

Panels failed tests

Raised wall is in NCZ4 as the barrier panel is too short









This custom pool fencing would not be suitable as it was not tall enough or strong enough. When a 105mm test object can pass through the barrier, that is a failure to comply.  Options were to re-do the entire fencing or engage an expensive A1 Certifier who was willing to attest that the material used was “Deemed To Satisfy” when clearly it could not.


Pool designed around custom low wall and established garden

The Boundary fence formed the majority of the pool enclosure









The owner was unaware that for this pool enclosure to comply, the entire Boundary Fencing would need to measure 1800mm in height and would require NCZ5 to be maintained.  This would mean losing a lot of the vegetation.     To retain the vegetation a pool fence would need to go onto the top of the low wall in lieu of using the boundary fencing, but the owner did not like that idea.  Because the low wall was a feature of the pool area along with the custom decking, there was no space to install pool fencing on the poolside of the low wall, and any fencing installed outside would also result in a loss of vegetation.


The owner has connected the fencing to a gazebo that creates numerous climbable points within the Non Climbable Zones of the Pool Barrier.

The owner was unaware that a 900mm Non Climbable Zone exists to the outside of the pool fencing.










The time to seek advice was in the planning stages, before the Gazebo was connected to the paving so that a clearance of 900mm could have been achieved.


This is the planned entry into the pool enclosure. However in order to provide a 750mm landing here, the fencing would encroach much closer to the water’s edge than was anticipated.

The alternative presented other challenges and the owner was not keen on this concept











A privacy screen has been constructed within NCZ5 of the Boundary Fence

There is less than 900mm separation between the two structures











A second screen is also in NCZ5.

The Masonry Boundary Fence is not 1800mm in height as is required for a new pool.











This is a brand new Granny Flat with a door opening directly onto the pool. The PCA passed this onto me to issue Compliance however only an A1/A2 Building Certifier can approve where the minimum requirements of the Standard have not been met. One options is to change the position of the fence so that the door is on the outside of the pool. 


Boundary Fence is less than 1500mm in height. Had the pool been positioned differently in the garden, these features would not be an issue. 



This owner was unaware that dense hedging within NCZ2 and the 500mm Exclusion Zone of the pool barrier is unlikely be to found to be compliant.


















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