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Welcome to the Public Swimming Pools and Spa Program

Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County Environmental Public Health Program

Helpful Links:

Safety Information

Drowning Prevention

Florida Department of Health’s Office of Injury Prevention – Water Smart Florida

Healthy Swimming

Education & Training

Certification, Training, & Education for Professionals

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


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.

Permit & Service Fee’s

Information on Permit & Service Fee’s is available by calling this Service Center.


DOH Permit Application and Permitting Sequence

Additional forms are available for pick-up at our Service Center or by visiting the Florida Department of Health Public Swimming Pool Program.

Statutes & Administrative Codes

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.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft Word format (DOC).  The free Adobe Reader or  Microsoft Word Viewer may be required to view these files. All PDFs on this page open in new window.