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Pools and Spas

Environmental Health Services

Public swimming pools, spas, interactive water features, wading pools, and special purpose pools are permitted annually and inspected to reduce the transmission of waterborne illness and injuries to patrons. Routine inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with state standards. Bathing places are monitored for water quality.

HB1263 

Governor Scott signed HB1263 on April 27, 2012 which eliminated the Department of Health's ability to review and approve new construction plans and modifications for public pools and spas. These changes are reflected in Chapter 514, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and mandates that Florida's County and City building departments are now responsible for these approvals.

VGB Act 

The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission's website http://www.poolsafely.gov provides important information about the Federal Virginia Graeme Baker Act - a 2009 federal law passed to prevent pool entrapments and drowning. Below are informational videos available on their site for your viewing:

"Got it Covered" provides safety information for Lifeguards about entrapment and drowning prevention. You can view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQw0Yyy40Tc or order a hard copy by e-mailing poolsafely@cpsc.gov. This terrific new video was created by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals in cooperation with CPSC.

"Guidance to Compliance" is CPSC's 8-chapter training video for the proper inspection of pools and spas for compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. This is available to order at http://www.poolsafely.gov/educational-materials-catalog/?sresult=524.

For more information regarding 2011 Legislative Changes Requiring Pool Safety Features, Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act, and to download applications please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/swimming-pools/index.html.

ADA 

The U.S. Department of Justice which is in charge of the ADA law again has extended the pool lift installation and other accessibility requirements for retrofitting existing pools, spa pools and wading pools until January 31, 2013. Note that the building departments are responsible under the Florida Building Code Accessibility Chapter, DOH is not directly responsible for this Act, but will assist with questions. This eight month delay applies to existing pools only; the new pools built after March 15, 2012 must be built in compliance with the ADA law. You may also visit http://www.ada.gov for more information. Portable lift requirements and approvals will also be located on this site.

For questions regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding the specific requirements for swimming pools, please contact your local building department. You may also find further information regarding these requirements at the following links: http://www.ada.gov/qa_existingpools_titleIII.htm and http://www.ada.gov/pools_2010.htm.

For more information on public swimming pools in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/swimming-pools/index.html.