Public Swimming Pools
Public Swimming Pools Overview
To protect the public health the department has adopted sanitation and safety standards for public pools in Chapter 64E-9, Florida Administrative Code (opens in a new window), and enforces those rules through the issuance of operating permits and inspections. Permitting and inspections are done by the Environmental Health Section of the Florida Department of Health in each county.
- Authority: Chapter 514, Florida Statutes
- Rule: Chapter 64E-9, FAC
- Public Swimming Pool and Bathing Place Advisory Review Board - Pool Variance Board Purpose, Membership, Agendas & Notices of Meetings
- FOR THE PUBLIC - inspections & fencing
- FOR BUSINESS - where to send pool plans, health & safety criteria
- FOR BUSINESS - permits
- Public Pool Service Technicians
- Fecal Accidents
- FOR BUILDING CODE OFFICIALS - Checklists, Briefings
- Entrapment protection
- Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act
Chapter 64E-9 Florida Administrative Code, Public Pool rules (opens in a new window)
Revision Status of 64E-9, FAC (Doc, opens in new window)
Purpose: The purpose of the advisory review board is to promote better relations, understanding, and cooperation between such industries and the department; to review and make recommendations regarding department product approval standards; to suggest means of better protecting the health, welfare, or safety of persons using the services offered by such industries; and to give the department the benefit of the knowledge and experience of the board concerning the industries and individual businesses affected by the laws and rules administered by the department.
Membership: Chapter 514.028 of the Florida Statute requires the Governor’s appoint board shall be comprised of:
(a) A representative from the office of licensure and certification of the department. (Incumbent Mark Pabst, FL DOH)
(b) A representative from the county health departments. (Incumbent Darrel Graziani, FL DOH in Palm Beach County)
(c) Three representatives from the swimming pool construction industry. (Incumbents Jim LePetrie, P.E., Wet Engineering; Fred “Corky” Williams, National Pools; and Michael Kelly,
Kelly Pools, Inc. )
(d) A representative from the public lodging industry. (Incumbent Jeff Kosik, Walt Disney World)
(e) A representative from a county or local building department. (Incumbent Alan C. Plante, CBO, Orange County Division of Building Safety)
To inquire to become a board member, please visit the Governor’s Appointment Office’s website
Resources: Download a variance application (opens in new window, pdf<1mb)
Private pool fencing criteria to prevent drowning that is referenced in Chapter 515, Florida Statutes: CPSC Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools (pdf <1mb) (opens in new window)
Where do I send my pool plans?
As of October 1, 2014, changes to Florida Statutes 514 and 553 require that an application for an operating permit must be submitted to the Department of Health before the Building Department can issue a construction or modification permit for a public pool. The new application form DH4159 and the Permitting Sequence is found in the next section below. The Building Department also cannot issue a Certificate of Completion or Occupancy until the Department of Health issues the operating permit.
We recommend you contact the Department at least a week before the planned opening. Program office staff is available in Tallahassee (850-245-4240) or Orlando (407-317-7172) to answer any questions.
DOH Permit Application and Permitting Sequence (rtf, Word files open in a new window)
Public Swimming Pool Permit Process (pdf<1mb, opens in new window)
DH4159 Application For Swimming Pool Operating Permit (rtf<1mb, opens in new window)
FL Department of Health Pool Operating Permit Application Sequence (rtf <1mb, opens in new window)
Critical Health and Safety Criteria for New Pools (Doc<1mb, opens in new window)
An individual who services a public pool by maintaining the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance of public pools shall be certified. To be certified an individual must demonstrate knowledge of public pools. Examples of such knowledge include: pool cleaning, general pool maintenance, make-up water supply, bacteriological, chemical and physical quality of water and water purification, testing, treatment, and disinfection procedures. To ensure that the pool technicians are knowledgeable, said technician shall attend a training course of national recognition that is approved by the department of at least 16 hours in length and shall pass a test acceptable to the department.
These forms are available for download in a "fill-in" rich text format (rtf). If you are not familiar with problems that may arise using this type of form, please download the read_me (rtf) (<1mb and opens in new window) file.
All rtfs and pdfs and MS docs are <1mb and open in a new window
DH form 920 (pdf) Public Pool and Bathing Place Inspection Report (not available in rtf)
DH form 921 (rtf) Monthly Swimming Pool Report
DH form 1704 (rtf) Application for Swimming Pool Exempt Status >32 Units
DH form 4063 (rtf) Application for Annual Renewal or Reissuance of Public Swimming Pool/Bathing Place Operating Permit
DH form 4065 (rtf) Application for Swimming Pool Exempt Status 32 Units or Less
DH form 4080 (rtf) Application for Variance from Chapter 64E-9, F.A.C., Swimming Pools and Bathing Places
DH form 4080 (pdf) Application for Variance from Chapter 64E-9, F.A.C., Swimming Pools and Bathing Places- Fillable pdf version
DH form 4144 (rtf) Application for a Swimming Pool Exemption Status Water Therapy Facility
Public Pool briefings & Statewide Public Pool List for Building Code Officials
Checklists for Public Swimming Pool Plan Review
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Section 514.0315, Florida Statutes (opens in a new window), requires all public swimming pools and spas to be equipped with an anti-entrapment system or device that complies with American Society of Mechanical
Engineers/American National Standards Institute standard A112.19.8, or any successor standard. All new pools and spas are required to use a gravity drainage system that uses a collector tank. The law provides the owner or operator of a public pool or spa several options for pools and spas built before January 1, 1993.
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A law to prevent entrapment drowning and injury at all public pools in the United States that took effect on December 19, 2008 and requires retrofit actions.
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Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safety website (opens in new window)
CDC Healthy Swimming website - This Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides information on recreational water illnesses and what the public, health professionals and pool facility operators can do to prevent their transmission: CDC Healthy Swimming website (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming) (opens in new window)
ANSI Certified Lab’s Product Listing websites for NSF/ANSI Standard 60 Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals- Health Effects.
NSF International (opens in new window)
Water Quality Association (opens in new window)
UL LLC (Underwriters Laboratories) (opens in new window)
ANSI Certified Lab’s Product Listing websites for NSF/ANSI Standard 50 Swimming Pool Products
NSF International (opens in new window)
Applied Research Laboratories (opens in new window)
IAPMO R&T (opens in new window)