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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. 

A public swimming pool or public pool shall mean a conventional pool, spa-type pool, wading pool, special purpose pool, or water recreation attraction, to which admission may be gained with or without payment of a fee and includes, but is not limited to, pools operated by or serving: camps, churches, cities, counties, day care centers, group home facilities for eight or more clients, health spas, institutions, parks, state agencies, schools, subdivisions, or the cooperative living-type projects of five or more living units, such as apartments, boardinghouses, hotels, mobile home parks, motels, recreational vehicle parks, and townhouses. 

Any person wanting to operate any of the above facilities, you must comply in accordance with Chapter 64E-9, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Chapter 514 Florida Statues (F.S) and Section 454 Florida Building Code (FBC). You will be required to receive plan approval by Florida Department of Health and your local jurisdictional building department. You will need to submit the appropriate applications and applicable fees to the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Environmental Health Services and be granted a license prior to operation. The permit year runs from July 1 to June 30.  Licenses must be renewed annually; failure to renew on time will result in the assessment of a $35.00 late fee. Please contact our office for further details.

Epsom Salt Float Tanks 

A floatation tank offered for public use at any location is a public pool under this definition.  This device is therefore under the jurisdiction of and regulated by the DOH. The detailed criteria for equipment, design, water quality, and operation is established in the state’s public pool rules, Chapter 64E-9, Florida Administrative Code, and the Florida Building Code Section 454.1. For more information visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/swimming-pools/index.html.

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.