The Department of Health is responsible under Chapter 514, Florida Statutes (opens in a new window), for the routine surveillance of water quality and safety at all public swimming pools. 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.
Chapter 64E-9 Florida Administrative Code, Public Pool rules (opens in a new window)
Pool Variance Board Agenda for March 12, 2014 (pdf <1mb, opens in new window)
Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing, FAR NOTICE ID 14278708, Published March 5, 2014 (pdf <1mb, opens in new window)
Where do I send my pool plans?
As of April 30, 2012, each local Building Department has the sole authority to issue plan approval and construction approval of public swimming pools. The Department of Health is responsible for issuing operation permits. OWNER MUST APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE A DOH PERMIT BEFORE OPERATING THE POOL. 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.
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.
Florida Department of Health Approved Public Pool Service Technician Certification Courses (pdf <1mb, opens in a new window)
Fecal Accident Response Recommendations for Pool Staff
View Tips on preventing Fecal Accidents and Response Procedures in the event of a Fecal Accident (pdf <1mb, opens in a new window), as well as help in determining the time frame and how much liquid chlorine should be added to your pool to sanitize and re-open the pool after an accident.
DH918 5-12 Application For Swimming Pool Operating Permit (rtf)
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 1350 (rtf) Public Swimming Pool Engineering Inspection 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 4144 (rtf) Application for a Swimming Pool Exemption Status Water Therapy Facility
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. (all pdfs are, 1mb and open in a new window)Verification Form for Entrapment Protection (33kb pdf)
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. (all pdfs open in a new window and are <1mb)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)