Public Swimming Pools
- 2024 Expiring Covers-Other
- 2024 Expiring Main Drain Covers
- Disabling Skimmer Equalizers (PDF)
- Electrical Safety Requirements (PDF)
- Lighting Requirements for Nighttime Pool Operation (PDF)
- Monthly Pool Record Sheet (PDF)
- NC General Statutes 130A 280 to 282 (PDF)
- NC Required Pool Signs (PDF)
- NC Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools 15A NCAC 18A .2500 (PDF)
- Notice of Disabled Skimmer Equalizers (Required Form) (PDF)
- Requirements for Use of Pool Deck When Pool is Closed (PDF)
The construction and operation of public swimming pools in North Carolina must comply with the Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools, 15A NCAC 18A.2500. For the protection of public health and safety, Environmental Health Specialists in this program conduct plan review, inspections and complaint investigations and issue operation permits for the more than 300 public swimming pools in Brunswick County. An application for a public swimming pool permit must be submitted annually.
Public swimming pools may not operate without a valid permit from the local health department. There are two types of public swimming pool permits:
- Seasonal Pool Permits: Valid only between April 1 and October 31
- Year-Round Pool Permits: Valid for one year from the date permit is issued
Seasonal pools are inspected at least once a year and year-round pools are inspected at least twice a year. All public swimming pools are required to maintain a certified pool operator (CPO) who monitors and documents compliance with key safety and sanitation issues on a daily basis.
- What is a Public Swimming Pool?
A public swimming pool is defined as any structure, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water used by the public for swimming, diving, wading, recreation, or therapy, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection with the body of water, regardless of whether a fee is charged for its use. The term includes municipal, school, hotel, motel, apartment, boarding house, athletic club, or other membership facility pools and spas, and artificial swimming lagoons.
Public swimming pools do not include private pools serving a single family dwelling and used only by the residents of the dwelling and their guests, therapeutic pools used in physical therapy programs operated by medical facilities licensed by the Department or operated by a licensed physical therapist, or therapeutic chambers drained, cleaned, and refilled after each individual use.
- What type of training is required for public pool operators?
The requirements for pool operator training are contained in 15A NCAC 18A Section.2537(c). This regulation states:
"The owner of a public swimming pool shall provide for the operation of the pool by a person or persons who shall be responsible to the owner for operation, maintenance, pool safety and recordkeeping. The pool owner shall maintain documentation that the person responsible for operating the pool has been trained on pool equipment operation, disease and injury prevention, pool water chemistry and regulatory requirements for public swimming pools. A pool and spa operator certificate issued by the National Swimming Pool Foundation or other organization which provides training on those subjects shall be accepted as meeting this requirement."
- What is an artificial swimming lagoon?
An artificial swimming lagoon means any body of water used for recreational purposes with more than 20,000 square feet of surface area, an artificial liner, and a method of disinfectant that results in a disinfectant residual in the swimming zone that is protective of the public health.