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
- Permit & Service Fee’s
- Statutes & Administrative Codes
- Helpful Links
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