You need a license to operate a public pool in Minneapolis.
How to submit application
- By email
- By U.S. mail
- In person
Before you begin
Before you begin, look at our instructions about how to apply for a business license.
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.
Trained operator required
Minnesota State Pool Code requires every public pool have a designated trained operator or alternate. The operator (or alternate) is responsible for the operation of the pool whenever the pool is open for use.
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
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
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
Report a complaint
Conditions of a public pool which may be a hazard to public health can be reported to the Minneapolis Health Department. Hazards include unsanitary appearance or other conditions.
Report complaints to Minneapolis 311.