The Cuyahoga County Board of Health conducts a Swimming Pool Program under the authority of Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3749. All pools are required to meet the minimum requirements in the Ohio Public Swimming Pool, Spa, and Special Use Pool Rules.
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These rules are found in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-31. The Board of Health licenses and regularly inspects over 650 pools and spas, making it one of the largest swimming pool programs in Ohio.
A license is required for any pool or spa serving four families or more, which includes apartments, hotels, condominiums, homeowner associations, health clubs, as well as municipal facilities.
As required by Ohio Revised Code, CCBH routinely conducts a cost methodology review for the Public Swimming Pool, Spa, and Special Use Pool program. Program fees are based on the results of this analysis.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health maintains a program consisting of inspections, education, and disease investigation, while continually identifying ways to deliver information and services that will assist you and your employees. We pride ourselves on running an efficient and effective program that helps prevent recreational water illness through an educational philosophy.
The Board of Health sends out license applications for all previously licensed pools and spas during the first week of April. Keep in mind that when renewing a License to Operate a Swimming Pool, there is now a late fee for any application/fee postmarked after April 30th of each year.
The swimming pool program is concerned with the overall safety and health of bathers as it relates to the operation of the facility. This includes assurance of water quality, maintenance of filtration and circulation equipment, the presence of necessary safety equipment and warning signs, life guarding requirements, record-keeping, and overall facility operation.
Some requirements relative to the design of a pool or spa are dependent upon the date of construction. CCBH has created a Swimming Pool & Spa Rules Synopsis to provide operators with a quick reference guide to Ohio regulations. All operators are required to keep records of water quality testing results and accidents on a uniform Weekly Operation Report and to document any pool related injuries or accidents on an Injury Incident Report Form. Detailed information on how to properly complete the Incident Report Form is available in the Ohio Department of Health’s Public Pool & Spa Injury Incident Report Form Instructions.