Different methods of pool removal

As per our previous article Why People Opt For Pool Removal, we have discussed several reasons why you should get rid of a pool. So now that you have fully decided to go through it, the next question is “what type of pool removal should I opt-in?”

Factors to consider:

– Pool Type (fibreglass, concrete, liner pool, spa or above-ground pools)
– Council requirements
– Budget
– Plans after removal
So, let’s get down to it:

Partial Removal or Decommissioning-only

This is the most common form of pool demolition. This involves draining the pool water out, punching holes at the bottom and then filling it in with sand.garden bed made after a pool removal
Applicable to:

  • Concrete and liner pools (depends if the council allows )


  • Most affordable option (ranges from $3,500 to $6,000 +GST)
  • Fastest to complete (typically around 1-2 days)


  • The pool area is still considered as a “non-buildable” location. This means no additions or dwellings can exist on this part of the property. If your plans after the removal only involve, building a vegetable garden, lay some lawns or landscaping, then this will suffice.
  • This is something that you will have to declare to your future buyers and it could affect the value of your home depending on what your plans are after the removal (subdivide, build a dwelling, etc).
  • If the removal isn’t done correctly, there is an increased risk of sinkage, swelling, or lack of proper seepage.

Few notes:
– Depending on your council’s requirements, the top rim of the pool can be taken out – 300mm to 600mm from the top (varies) for an additional price.  Price usually starts at about $2000 +GST.
– If decommission-only is done, you may ask your contractor if you can use the rubble as fill. This may lessen the costs for the clean fill sand/soil.
– Confirming with the council if a pool inspector has to be present PRIOR to the hole being filled in is highly advisable. Otherwise, they may not take you off the rates list until they’ve confirmed it.

Full Removal

Full removal is done by draining the water, and all materials including floors, walls, liners, are removed and are hauled away. The empty area is then filled with clean fill sand.
pool shell being cut up
Applicable to:

  • Fibreglass Pools
  • Concrete and liner pools
  • Spas
  • Above-ground pools


  • Full removal is the most affordable option for fibreglass pools (ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 +GST). Partial removal will only double up the costs. It is because you’ll need to have to dig the fill out, cut the pool shell out and then filled again.
  • For fibreglass pool removals, it is the fastest to complete (one day).
  • Disclosing that you have a fully removed pool at your property, it should have little to no impact on your home’s value.
  • Risk of sinkage and seepage in the area is greatly reduced, even eliminated!
  • Once full removal is done, a compaction or Engineer’s certificate can be acquired. A compaction certificate will allow you to apply for a building permit so subdivisions, additions or dwellings can be built.


  • This option is more expensive than partial removal or decommissioning of concrete and liner pools (ranges from $5,500 to $20,000 +GST)
  • May take days or weeks to complete

Whatever your decision is, don’t forget that we’re just a phone call away to answer any other questions you may have. You can reach us at 08 6461 6464.