Water recreation program
Swimming pool and spa permits, guidelines and resources
When pool and spa inspections are performed by Public Health
Two routine inspections are done each year. Tests of pool water for free chlorine residual, pH, alkalinity and when necessary cyanuric acid are done at each inspection. The routine inspections also include a safety evaluation of the walking surfaces, access doors and fences, recirculation equipment, safety and emergency equipment.
A Plan Review is required of all public and semi-public pools and spas prior to their construction, alteration or renovation. All plans are reviewed to ensure compliance with the King County Board of Health, Title 14 and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-260, (WAC) 246-262 and The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
Water Recreation updates
- Pool and spa contact information required
- Reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses
- VGB compliance plan review and drain cover replacement
- Making other pool changes
- Have a safe year at your pool
- Conditions that require actions by your facility to keep your pool safe and avoid a closure plus reinspection by Public Health
- Planning a pool party to open the apartment or condo pool this summer?
- Tips to keep your pool safe and avoid health department closure/re-inspection fees
- Tips for preparing for seasonal pool openings
- And more...
- Pool operating permits
- Understanding when you need to close your pool
- Promoting a safer summer swimming season
- And more...
Water Recreation Program
Environmental Health Division
401 - 5th Ave, Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104
To request inspection reports for a pool, please call us and include the facility name and address of where the pool is located.
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