Public Swimming Pools & Spas


The Environmental Health Department licenses and inspects public swimming pools, spas, and special use pools. A public swimming pool is defined as any indoor or outdoor structure, chamber, or tank containing a body of water for swimming, diving, bathing, but does not include a private residential pool. The rules establish minimum standards, applicable throughout Ohio, for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these facilities in order to:

  1. Protect the bathing public from injury
  2. Minimize the potential for disease transmission, and
  3. Provide a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment

The swimming pool program is concerned with the overall safety and health of bathers as they relate to the operation of the facility. This includes:

  • Assurance of water quality
  • Maintenance of filtration and recirculation equipment
  • Presence of necessary safety equipment and warning signs
  • Lifeguard requirements
  • Record keeping
  • Overall facility operation

Some requirements relative to the design of a pool or spa will be dependent upon the date of construction. All operators are required to keep records of water quality testing results and accidents on a Weekly Operation Report.

Anyone initiating certain renovations to an existing pool or spa or the construction of a new pool or spa is required to submit plans or a notification report to the Ohio Department of Health for approval.




Year Category
Fecal Accident Response – Recommendations for Pool Staff FecalAccidentResponse.pdf Feb 1, 2023 2023-02-01 Environmental HealthPool/Spa
Six Pleas for Healthy Swimming – Protection Against Water Illnesses SixPleaseHealthySwimming.pdf Feb 1, 2023 2023-02-01 Environmental HealthPool/Spa
Swimming Pool Equipment Replacement Notification Report equipreplacemtnotifreporthea52342011030111.pdf Feb 1, 2023 2023-02-01 Environmental HealthPool/Spa
Weekly Pool/Spa Operation and Injury Report with Instructions WeeklyInjuryReport-Instructions.pdf Feb 1, 2023 2023-02-01 Environmental HealthPool/Spa
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