Case Study: Gaining Approval from the Sandhurst Club for a Pool Installation
It’s sometimes necessary to obtain permission from neighbouring houses when installing a new pool, but did you know that depending on where the site is, you may have to obtain permission from a body corporate? Some people who live in body corporate properties are unaware of the process that is required when altering the landscape to install a pool. Below is a detailed account of an installation where approval was required from Sandhurst Club before our work could begin.
We were contacted by a client looking to install a new pool in Sandhurst, which is located on an estate run by the Sandhurst club. Our client decided they wanted a 6.15m x 2.15m Sentosa pool, and we organised a visit to their home for a site check. After a close inspection, the site seemed fairly straight forward, with access to the excavation leading from a neighbouring park. We also confirmed that no pedestrian control was needed for the job as the park could be utilised for easy entry and didn’t include any walkways.
The Sandhurst club is an organisation that manages the properties in the Sandhurst estate. They are a body corporate and therefore can decide on what changes can happen to a property on the estate after an initial build. This means that any pool installations or landscaping jobs need to first be approved by the Sandhurst club. A customer must submit a request that is then reviewed by the board before we are able to begin the pool installation. It must be the home owner who fills in and sends off the application, however Master Pools are able to assist with the paperwork and plans where possible. The Sandhurst club then review and approve the applications every two weeks. Generally, most jobs are approved just so long as there are no structures that may affect the neighbours view or their property in any way. Alot of the new estates also require developers approval for pool building in suburbs such as Botanic Ridge, so it’s best to ask the question before you sign your contract.
Despite the need for the approval of the Sandhurst club, there were no delays in the installation process. Master Pools have extensive expertise in the area of Sandhurst, with a long history of installing pools. We anticipate the timing of the process, and inform our clients about the necessary steps upfront, so they are aware of the situation and how the application works. Many customers are unaware of the Sandhurst club’s role in changing the landscape of the property, so we make sure to give them all the details and align their expectations with our own in terms of installation times. When applying for a building permit, we have to provide the approval notice to confirm that we have permission to install the new pool. Delaying this process means the entire pool construction is set back, so we like to have authorisation from the Sandhurst club as soon as possible. Overall, the installation process was smooth and without complications. Thanks to the quick application from our clients, the pool was ready for swimming in no time.
Whilst you can still apply for permission to alter the landscape of your home separately, it is a lot easier to apply for everything at once with one building permit. If you’re thinking of updating the garden at the same time as the new pool, then we recommend using Creative Image Landscapes. They have a thorough understanding of the Sandhurst and surrounding areas, and we work well with their designs and landscaping. You can read some more case studies on pool installations here, or if you’re interested in a free site visit to discuss your new fibreglass pool build in Sandhurst, South East Melbourne, Bayside, Mornington Peninsula or surrounding suburbs please contact our construction experts here.