We explain requirements for public pools in Minneapolis.

Public pool definition

A public pool includes any pool operated by a person who is an owner, lessee, operator or concessionaire. A a private residential pool is not a public swimming pool.

Public pools include

  • Swimming pools
  • Spa pools (hot tubs)
  • Water parks
  • Plunge pools with flume slides
  • Therapy pools
  • Wave pools
  • Splash pads
  • Interactive water features

Public pools can be in

  • Apartment buildings
  • Parks
  • Hotels and motels
  • Schools
  • Condominiums
  • Clubs
  • Any licensed lodging business

In Minneapolis, public pools are required to be licensed.

You must have a swimming pool license before operating a public pool.

Pool Operation Application.pdf


Download resources for operating and maintaining your pool.

Pool Operations Manual   

Pool chemistry requirements

Water quality log     

Pool checklist

Fecal Incident Response Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control

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


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. Refer to the 
  • 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

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.

Annual inspection

Public pools are inspected yearly. 

Minneapolis Pool Code

Learn about public pool rules from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota Department of Health rules for public swimming pools

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Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave S, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415