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Public pool plan review
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completes all public pool plan review approvals and construction inspections in the state.
Construction cannot begin until plans are approved. A final pool construction inspection needs to be scheduled with MDH prior to opening a public pool.
Contact Steve Klemm at 651-201-4503 with questions or to schedule an inspection.
Public pools are inspected yearly.
Read the Minneapolis Pool Code
Rules from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Learn about the Minnesota Department of Health rules for public swimming pools
Pool injury and drowning
You are required to file a report with the Minnesota Department of Health when someone in your public pool:
- Is seriously injured
Your report must be filed by the end of the next working day.
Download the Pool Injury/Drowning Report form
A public pool must be closed immediately when:
- The lifesaving equipment is not provided
- The water clarity standards are not met (bottom drain must be easily visible from the pool surface)
- The disinfection residuals are not met.
- The pool has been constructed or physically altered without approval of plans
- There is any condition that endangers the health and safety of the public
Trained operator required
Public pools in Minnesota are required to have a certified pool operator. The operator's certification must be posted.
The trained operator is responsible for:
- The daily operation of the pool
- Ensuring required testing is completed
- Maintaining testing records
- Responding to an emergency
- Responding to unsafe and unsanitary conditions at any time the pool is open
- Assure other people who assist with chemical monitoring and pool equipment operation are trained for those functions
The certified pool operator must pass a recertification course every five years.
Find pool operator training information from the Minnesota Department of Health.
You need a license to operate a public pool in Minneapolis.
Download the Swimming Pool Application
Submit your application
Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services
If you have questions, contact:
Download resources for operating and maintaining your pool.
Pool Operations Manual - Required information about equipment and procedures. Your manual must be kept on site.
Pool chemistry requirements - Lists required and ideal standards for water chemistry
Water quality log - You are required to log your water quality daily. This is an example of a form you can use.
Pool checklist - recommended to review daily
Fecal Incident Response Recommendations - guidelines for responding to a fecal incident in your pool from the Centers for Disease Control
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