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.
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. The course is offered by the Chatham County Health Department. For a schedule, to register, or for more information, call 912-356-2160. Or, contact your local Environmental Health Office for other training locations.