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 (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 5 years. Certified Pool Operator training courses will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the following dates in 2014 at the Chatham County Health Department located at 1395 Eisenhower Drive 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.
* The new Chatham County Health Department is located between the former Health Department at Eisenhower and Sallie Mood Dr. and the Savannah-Chatham Humane Society.

2014 Certified Pool Operator Training Course Dates:
January 15-16
February 11-12
March 5-6
April 14-15
May 8-9
June 10-11
July 15-16
August 11-12
September 15-16
October 16-17
November 17-18

Click here to download the Chatham County registration form: CPO REG 2014