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Glass Fencing and Balustrade Regulations

Glass Fencing and Balustrade Regulations

There are various regulations for glass fencing, balustrades and railings which will have an impact on what type of glass, frame and size of the fence is applicable.

Glass Pool Fencing – all pool fences must be supplied and installed to comply with a range of acts and codes that can vary from state to state. Commonly the following will apply:

Swimming Pools Act 1992 – refers to the all things pertaining to heights, positions, materials, gates

Australian Standards AS1926.1-2007 – refers to the force that a pool fence must withstand. A reputable company will be able to provide testing certification displaying that their products a have been designed and tested to comply wit this code.

Australian Standards AS1288-2006 – refers to the use of glass in balustrades and fencing, stating the allowable spans when combined with the relevant force.

The significant aspects of glass pool fencing regulations are:

  • Fences and gates must have an effective height of at least 1.2m at any point along their length on the outside of the fencing, including a clear 1.2m arc from the top of the fence taken on the outside of the fence
  • The gap between the bottom of the fence and the finished ground level must be less than 100mm
  • The width of any opening must be less than 100mm
  • Pool Gates must open outwards away from the pool area and must be fitted with self latching and self closing devices

Glass Balustrades and Railings – whilst these are similar to fences they will have different restrictions placed on them.

Building Code of Australia – refers to the all things pertaining to heights, positions, and requirements in different types of buildings

Australian Standards 1170.1 – the loading standard used for determining the minimum load a glass balustrade or railing must withstand

Australian Standards AS1288-2006 – refers to the use of glass in balustrades and fencing, stating the allowable spans when combined with the relevant force

The significant aspects of glass balustrade and railing regulations are:

  • A balustrade is required where any level is more than 1m above the surface beneath
  • The height must be not less than 1.0m above the floor
  • Openings must be constructed in a way so that any opening does not permit a 125mm sphere to pass through it.
  • Glass balustrades must include a load bearing handrail across the top of the glass that has been designed and tested to AS1170.1

*The regulations stated in this publication are be viewed as a guide only and should not be relied upon for determine legal certification