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All Permitted Pool owners and operators,

It is important that we all do our part to protect everyone from COVID-19. Please follow the Governor's Safe Start - Stay Healthy Guidelines and Health Officer orders. Maintain physical distance from others to slow the spread of the virus and preserve the health care system's capacity to treat people at highest need.

  • King County is currently in Phase 2.

  • Per the Governor's announced changes on October 6, 2020, most swimming pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads can now open in modified phase 1 and phase 2, when following the applicable guidance from Washington State Department of Health. Water Contact activity type pools and most play features will not be able to open until phase 3.

    No water recreation facility may operate until it can meet and maintain all the requirements in the Washington State Department of Health reopening guidance, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply.

    Lifeguards must be on duty where required by WAC -246-260-131(6).

    See the Washington State Department of Health reopening guidance on what will be necessary to reopen in Phase 2 for details.

  • If your pool or spa remains closed, you will want keep it in good condition.
  • All Water Recreation Facilities are required to have a current permit, even if they will not open this year. Permit renewal notices were mailed early May.
  • See the Washington State Department of Health reopening guidance on what will be necessary to reopen in Modified Phase1,Phases 2, 3 and 4, updated October 6, 2020. Begin planning for facility and employee safety measures, physical distancing, personal hygiene, environmental hygiene, limiting access to facility, and where applicable, revised lifeguarding plans.

  • No high-risk water sports such as water polo are allowed in either indoor or outdoor WRFs in any county. The guidance for sporting activities is from the Governor's Office and allows high risk sports if outdoors, but the same guidance also requires that all athletes wear facial coverings during these activities. Because water polo athletes cannot be reasonably required to wear facial coverings, water polo is prohibited even in outdoor pools.

  • No swim meets, diving competitions, and other water sports competitions are allowed in any county.

2020 Splash! Newsletter

  • Maintenance
  • Renovation/equipment replacement
  • Is your pool and/or spa Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) compliant?
  • Staff training

2019 Splash! Newsletter

  • Know when to close your pool
  • Report drownings, near drowings and injuries to Health Dept.
  • Renovating and remodling requirements
  • Online portal services
  • Operating pool equipment, training and water quality logs
  • Water quality standards

2018 Splash! Newsletter

  • Pool and spa contact information required
  • Reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses
  • VGB compliance plan review and drain cover replacement
  • And more...

2017 Splash! Newsletter

  • 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...

2016 Splash! Newsletter

  • Pool operating permits
  • Understanding when you need to close your pool
  • Promoting a safer summer swimming season
  • And more...

Plan review process and service fees Forms and documentation Posters and guidelines Barriers compliance Flood preparedness Illness transmission from pool use External links

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 Program
Environmental Health Division
401 - 5th Ave, Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-263-9566


  • Mon. Wed. Fri: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tues. and Thurs: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Phones are answered until 3:00 pm

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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