Public Swimming Pools

The role of Environmental Health Services is to inspect regulated swimming pools and to provide technical assistance to prevent the spread of communicable disease as well as to prevent injury.

In Idaho, public swimming pools are required to be licensed and inspected each year. A public swimming pool is defined as:

  • Public Swimming Pool: A pool and its appurtenances that contain water more than two (2) feet deep, is used or intended to be used for swimming, diving, or recreational bathing, and is for the use of any segment of the public pursuant to a general invitation but not an invitation to a specific occasion or occasions
  • Wading Pool: A public pool with water less than two (2) feet deep used mainly by non-swimming children and those supervising the children

Hotel, motel and private club pools where general membership allows use of the pool to members and not the general public, are not considered public swimming pools and are not subject to regulation by Idaho health departments

Fees

Plan Review $100.00
Annual Permit: $50.00

Certified Pool Operator

Each public pool must have a Certified Pool Operator:

An individual eighteen (18) years of age or older, who is familiar with the operation of the pool and is responsible for health and safety of the public using the pool and for operating the pool in compliance with IDAPA 16.02.14 Rules Governing Construction & Operation of Public Swimming Pools in Idaho.

The operator shall have an approved certification of competency from a:

  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • National Swimming Pool Institute
  • District Health Department Certification
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation Certification
  • National Recreation and Parks Association Certification
  • National Spa & Pool Institute Certification Program
    (NSPI Tech 1)

Operator must also have a basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and current first aid certification.

District Health Department Certification:

Southwest District Health offers a health district operator class. You may download the Certified Operator Swimming Pool Course to review and study for the test at your convenience. The test is not open book and there is no fee to take the test. Upon passing the test, a certificate is awarded and will be good for three years. For more information or to arrange a time to take the test, please call 208-455-5400.

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