How Close Can A Pool Be To A Sewer Line?

How Close Can A Pool Be To A Sewer Line In Australia?

Excavating your yard for a new pool can be a stressful situation at the best of times. In the worst-case scenario, you may find that your proposed pool site is near a sewer line. But, how does proximity to sewer lines affect the pool building process?

In this article, we will discuss how close a pool can be to a sewer line in Australia and who sets and enforces these regulations.

How Close Can You Build A Pool To Sewer Line

In Australia, inground swimming pools must be at least 2 metres clear of any sewer lines, stormwater drains, or water mains.

In some cases, you can receive clearance to build parts of your pool within the range of 2 metres to 600 mm away from the sewage line, but this building process will require extra structural installations such as extended footing.

These regulations are nationwide. They are set by the National Department of Housing and Public Works and are enforced by your local state’s building and planning policies.


Sewer lines running through your proposed pool site can put a halt to your building plans. Since they require a clearance of two full metres in almost all cases, this can present a challenge, especially for those already struggling with space constraints.

If you have concerns about your proposed pool’s proximity to the public sewer network, contact your pool building company which is obligated to keep your project in line with these regulations.

Do you have any questions about how close a pool can be to a sewer line? Reach out to us in the comments section, we’d love to help!

Louis from Pool Advisor


A chemical engineer by trade, Louis is committed to debunking myths in the pool industry by explaining the underlying chemistry and making it accessible to all.