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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.
Rules from the Minnesota Department of Health.
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.
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.
You need a license to operate a public pool in Minneapolis.
Submit your application
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