Public Swimming Pools

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Staff:   Kristin Allen, REHS 919-545-8377   Kristin.lee@chathamnc.org   

Angela Hughes, REHS 919-545-8336 Angela.hughes@chathamnc.org 

Barry Oldham, REHS 919-545-8479 Barry.Oldham@chathamnc.org

 swimming pool

 For protection of the public health and safety, the Environmental Health Division enforces rules concerning the construction and operation of all public swimming pools including wading pools and spas as per 15A NCAC 18A .2500 Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools.

A public pool is defined as any structure, chamber or tank containing an artificial body of water used by the public for swimming, diving, wading, recreation or therapy together with buildings, appurtenances and equipment used in connection with the body of water, regardless of whether a fee is charged for its use.  The term includes municipal, school, hotel, motel, apartment, boarding house, athletic club or other membership facility pools and spas.  This rule does not apply to a private pool serving a single family dwelling and used only by the residents of the dwelling and their guests.

Steps to swimming pool approval:

1.  Plan review application and fee must be submitted prior to pool construction or remodel.
2.  Construction approval of facility (may include several site visits).
3.  Submit Pool Application for Operations permit and Pool Safety Data Compliance Sheet for each pool, spa, wading pool. (Instructions for Completing and Submission of Pool Drain Safety Sheet)

4.  Submit fee payment with application and data sheet, fee can be paid by check, cash, money order or credit card.
5.  Field inspection (includes all safety and water quality standards).
6.  Issuance of Operations Permit to Certified Pool Operator.


Links of Interest related to Public Swimming Pools:

Electrical System Safety at Public Swimming Pools- New

To Review Public Pool Inspection Reports

CDC-Pool Site-Swim Healthy, Swim Safely

CDC-Five Minutes or Less-Tips to Swim Safely

CDC-Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water

CDC-Healthy Swimming/Recreational Waters-Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)

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