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Mecklenburg County Public Health
Hal Marshal Services Center
700 N. Tryon Street, Suite 208
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Mecklenburg County Public Health
Hal Marshall Services Center
700 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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Public Swimming Pools
980-314-1620

FAQs: Public Swimming Pools  

What Constitutes a Public Swimming Pool? ​

"Public swimming pool" is defined in NC General Statute 130A-280 as "any structure, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water used by the public for swimming, diving, wading, recreation, or therapy, regardless of whether a fee is charged for its use.  The term includes municipal, school, hotel, motel, apartment, boarding house, athletic club, or other membership facility pools and spas."

The definition specifically excludes pools at single family dwellings, if used only by the residents of the dwelling and their guests; therapeutic pools used in physical therapy programs operated by medical facilities licensed by the Department of Human Resources or operated by a licensed physical therapist; and therapeutic chambers drained, cleaned, and refilled after each individual use.
 
It should be noted that residential swimming pools at homes that offer bed and breakfast accommodations may not be used by paying guests as the pools do not generally meet the commercial pool construction requirements.

 

When Are Permit Renewals Due?

Last day of the Month of February.

 

 What is The Difference Between a Seasonal and Annual Permit?

An annual permit is a year around permit that is issued from May 1st  through April 30th of the following year. A seasonal permit is issued from April 1st Through October 31st and only allows for the operation of a pool within that time.

Note: The operating permit is for the swimming pool, spa, or wading pool and the deck may remain open  to the public with a seasonal permit as long as Pool Closewd signs are posted.

 

What Signs are Required at My Public Pool?

If a pool does not have at least one lifeguard on duty, provide the following:
(a) "WARNING-NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY" in four (4) inch lettering
(b) "ADULTS SHOULD NOT SWIM ALONE" and "CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE THE SWIMMING POOL WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION" in one (1) inch lettering.  All letters must be a minimum of one (1) inch in size.
(c) A sign prohibiting glass and pets. No size requirement. 
(d) A sign requiring all bathers to shower prior to entering the swimming pool. No size requirement. 
(e) Signage at your emergency phone stating dialing instructions, address and phone number. No size requirement.
 
All signage must be visible from all areas of the pool deck

 

What Signs are Required at My Spa?

1. Provide the following in at least half inch lettering:

CAUTION:

-Pregnant women; elderly persons, and persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, or high or low blood pressure should not enter the spa/hot tub without prior medical consultation and permission from their doctor.

-Do not use the spa/hot tub while under the influence of alcohol, tranquilizers, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or that raise or lower blood pressure.

-Do not use alone.

-Unsupervised use by children is prohibited.

-Enter and exit slowly.

-Observe reasonable time limits (that is, 10-15 minutes), then leave the water and cool down before returning for another brief stay.

-Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, or fainting.

-Keep all breakable objects out of the area.CAUTION:  The local swimming pool rules specify:

2.  A sign requiring a shower for each user prior to entering the spa or hot tub and prohibiting oils, body lotion and minerals in the water.


What Signs are Required for my Wading Pool?

Provide the following in at least four (4) inch lettering: "Warning - No Lifeguard on Duty"


What training is required for my pool operator?

The Certified Pool Operator {CPO) is responsible to the owner for operation, maintenance, pool safety and recordkeeping . The pool owner shall maintain documentation that the person responsible for operating the pool has been trained on pool equipment operation, disease and injury prevention, pool water chemistry and regulatory requirements for public swimming pools. A pool and spa operator certificate issued by the National Swimming Pool Foundation or other organization which provides training on those subjects shall be accepted as meeting this requirement.

Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
Hal Marshal Services Center
700 N. Tryon Street, Suite 208
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office Location:


Mecklenburg County Public Health
Hal Marshall Services Center
700 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Public Swimming Pools
980-314-1620