- Biomedical Waste
- Body Piercing
- Drinking Water
- Food Hygiene
- Group Care
- Indoor Air
- Migrant Labor
- Mobile Home Parks
- Onsite Sewage Disposal
- Pools and Spas
- Sanitary Nuisances
- Florida Healthy Beaches – Water Quality Monitoring
- Florida Healthy Beaches - Water Quality Monitoring
- Boil Water Notices
- Boil Water Notice Guidelines
Welcome to the Public Swimming Pools and Spa Program
Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County Environmental Public Health Program
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The purpose of the Swimming Pool & Spa program is to assure that the citizens and visitors of St. Johns County have a safe swimming environment. Swimming facilities include swimming pools, therapy spas, wading pools as well as special water feature attractions such as splash parks. Once these facilities are permitted and constructed, our certified Environmental Specialists perform inspections prior to issuance of the operating permit. The following pool facilities are inspected by our staff each year:
- Proper disinfection of the water
- Chemical balance of the pool water
- Filtration equipment properly maintained
- Safety equipment is maintained on site
- COVID-19 Update *NEW*
- Permit & Service Fee’s
- Statutes & Administrative Codes
- Helpful Links
*NEW * Safe-At-Home: Drowning Prevention
COVID-19 PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL INFORMATION
If the pool is closed, see our best practices guidance Voluntary Pool Closures (PDF, 574KB) for information on keeping the pool water safe and sanitary, and on how to drain the spa to keep it sanitary during extended periods.
The COVID-19 virus is deactivated quickly using Florida rule-compliant chlorine or bromine concentrations in pools and spas, and there is no evidence it can be spread by treated water per the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
- Promoting behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Maintaining healthy environments
- Maintaining healthy operations
- Preparing for when someone gets sick
- Communication Resources
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters. Follow safe swimming practices along with social distancing and everyday preventative actions to protect yourself. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools or hot tubs and frequently touched surfaces should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Mass gatherings can expose people to other’s respiratory aerosols, and for this reason, all persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 10, especially for populations at higher risk. Additional guidance can be found on CDC’s COVID-19 page and DOH COVID-19 (PDF, 122KB).
COVID-19 – Florida DOH Information and Guidance
For additional questions, contact the Department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Email Inquiries may also be emailed to Florida DOH.
DOH-St. Johns Environmental Health offers the following services:
- Swimming Pool, Water Feature, and Spa Construction Permits & Inspections
- Nuisance Complaint Investigations
As of April 30, 2012, each local Building Department has the sole authority to issue plan approval and construction approval of public swimming pools. The Department of Health is responsible for issuing operation permits. OWNER MUST APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE A DOH PERMIT BEFORE OPERATING THE POOL. We recommend you contact the Department at least 30 days before the planned opening.
DOH Permit Application and Permitting Sequence
- Public Swimming Pool Permit Process
- DH4159 – Application for Swimming Pool Operating Permit
- DH4159 – Application Instructions
Additional forms are available for pick-up at our Service Center or by visiting the Florida Department of Health Public Swimming Pool Program.
Information on Permit & Service Fee’s is available by calling this Service Center.
For more information on rule changes and other hot topics related to this program, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s Public Swimming Pool webpage.
You can view the State Statutes by visiting Online Sunshine Chapter 514: Public Swimming and Bathing Facilities.
Hard copies are also available for review at this Service Center.
Florida Department of Health’s Office of Injury Prevention – Water Smart Florida
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Healthy Swimming & Recreation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Recreational Water Illness Outbreak Response Toolkit
Education & Training
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Certification, Training, & Education for Professionals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Environmental Health Workforce Development Training