Coastal Health District

Environmental Health

Public Swimming Pools and Spas

All public pool, spa or recreational water parks must obtain a valid operating permit from the local health authority. Environmental Health inspects these facilities and trains staff to minimize illnesses and injuries associated with contaminated or hazardous conditions in or around swimming pools.
For more information on rules and regulations governing swimming pools, click here.

Effective immediately, Verification of Residency for Public Benefits affidavits must be collected from operators/owners of all new facilities that require permits from the state of Georgia or a specific county. This includes Food Service, Tourist Accommodations, Body Art, and Public Swimming Pools that operate for a fee. These forms must be submitted with the respective permit application and notarized. The affidavit can be downloaded here: GC09008B Public Benefits Affidavit

To open a public or semi-public pool and / or spa...
Obtain a copy of the Swimming Pool/ Spa Rules and Regulations from the Environmental Health office. Regulations may vary from county to county. An application process is required. Please contact your local Environmental Health Office for specific details and fee structures.

Georgia Department of Public Health Forms for Construction and Operation of a Swimming Pool, Spa, or Recreational Water Park

DPH Swimming Pool Construction Application
DPH Swimming Pool Operation Application

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice adopted revised Americans with Disabilities Act regulations that include making swimming pools, wading pools, and spas accessible.
Click here for an overview of the regulations:

ADA 2010 Revised Pool Requirements
Click here for and FAQ sheet published by the Georgia Department of Public Health:
ADA Swimming Pool Standards FAQ

Download a copy of the Camden County Pool Regulations.

Download a copy of the Chatham Co. Swimming Pool, Spa, Water Park Rules

Download a copy of the Glynn County Pool Regulations

Certified Pool Operator Course
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course is available for the public and environmentalists. The CPO certification program requires participation in a two-day class taught by a certified instructor. The program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, filtration automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. CPO certification is valid for five years. CPO certification courses will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Chatham County Health Department located at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. There may also be CPO courses offered in other counties. Please check with your county's Environmental Health Division for more information.http://www.gachd.org/environmental-health/environmental_health_offices.php

Certified Pool Operator courses will be offered in Chatham County on the following dates in 2015:
Jan. 19 & 20
Feb. 11 & 12
Mar. 12 & 13
April 22 & 23
May 18 & 19
June 15 & 16 

Click here to download the Chatham County registration form: CPO REG 2015.pdf