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Swimming Pools and Spas
Licensing and Inspection
The Department of Public Health and Environment licenses swimming pools and whirlpool / spa pools at apartment buildings, hotels, food establishments, manufactured home parks, recreational camping areas, or youth camps. These pools and spas are inspected annually for health and safety violations. The regulations for pools and spas are outlined in the Washington County Pool Ordinance and the Minnesota Pool Code.

Apply for a License
  • Print and complete the license application.
  • Submit the application and applicable license fee to the department.
  • If purchasing an existing facility with a swimming pool or whirlpool / spa pool, a compliance inspection must be conducted prior to the closing date of the sale. Swimming pool or whirlpool / spa pool licenses are not transferable to person or place. A new license must be obtained before you begin operation of the swimming pool or whirlpool / spa pool.
  • Plans for new swimming pools or whirlpool / spa pools must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Public pools are required to have a certified pool operator and the operator’s certification must be posted (see Minnesota Rules, part 4717.0650, subpart 5). A certified trained operator must successfully complete a recertification course at least once every five years. For a list of courses, visit the course listings at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

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Report a Concern
To report a concern or complaint about a pool or spa, go to Report a Concern and submit the information. Your report will go directly to the department for follow-up.