2018 Swimming Pool Season Guidance

2018 Swimming Pool Season Guidance2018-08-24T19:44:37+00:00

Update to the Cobb and Douglas Rules and Regulations for Swimming Pools:

Cobb & Douglas Public Health recently updated their Rules and Regulations for Swimming Pools to incorporate the construction and operational requirements that are found in the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Rules and Regulations for Public Swimming Pools, Spas, and Recreational Water Parks.  This new rule is part of an ongoing effort to unify swimming pool regulations across the state of Georgia and eliminate the confusion that can come from construction and operational requirements that can vary from county to county.

To assist swimming pool contractors, maintenance companies, and operators, the following summary of changes has been assembled to provide an overview of the updated rules and regulations:

Summary of Changes for Updated Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations

Opening inspections for seasonal pools and the first inspections for year-round pools in 2018 will be transitional in nature and will a focus on educating pool operators about the changes that will affect them.

If you have any questions about these new rules, please feel free to call our offices (Cobb: 770-435-7815 ; Douglas: 770-920-7311) or use our online contact form.

Change of Ownership:

If your pool has changed ownership, the previous owner’s permit is no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new permit.

A SWIMMING POOL OPERATIONAL PERMIT APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EACH POOL IF THE OWNERSHIP HAS CHANGED. A NOTARIZED VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY FORM WITH A COPY OF THE SUPPORTING i.d. IS ALSO REQUIRED FOR A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP.

In addition to the annual inspection fee, a review fee of $55 per pool will apply for any ownership change.

Failure to obtain a new operational permit as a result of a change in ownership may result in the doubling of all applicable fees, as well as additional administrative and/or legal action.

Change of Pool Name:

A change in a pool’s name requires an updated swimming pool operational permit application and a $55 processing fee.  An updated permit will be provided for posting at the facility.

For Pools that Will Open during the 2018 season:

Seasonal pools are required to have their facility (pool and bathhouse) inspected and approved for operation prior to opening each season. [Rules and Regulations for Swimming Pools Part 25 (4)(a)].

PLEASE CALL COBB ENVIRONMENTAL HEATH (770-435-7815) OR DOUGLAS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (770-920-7311) ONLY WHEN THE POOL HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR ITS OPENING INSPECTION AND YOUR ANNUAL FEE HAS BEEN PAID. LACK OF ADVANCE PREPARATION AND FAILURE TO SCHEDULE AN OPENING INSPECTION COULD RESULT IN A DELAYED OPENING AND ADDITIONAL RE-INSPECTION FEES

A guide to preparing your pool for an opening inspection may be found here.

For Pools that Will Not Open during the 2018 season:

Please contact us in writing, using your business or HOA letterhead, to let us know that you do not plan to open in 2018.

  • For Cobb County Pools:
    These letters may be

    • Mailed to Cobb Public Health, Center for Environmental Health, 1738 County Services Parkway SW, 2nd Floor, Marietta, GA 30008-4012,
    • Faxed to 770-431-7410, or
    • Emailed to Mary.Moore@dph.ga.gov.
  • For Douglas County Pools:
    These letters may be

    • Mailed to Douglas Public Health, Center for Environmental Health, 8700 Hospital Dr., 1st Floor, Douglasville, GA 30134),
    • Faxed to 770-920-7311, or
    • Emailed to Jennifer.Riddle@dph.ga.gov.

Pool Modifications:

Any changes or alterations to your pool or bathhouse beyond what was originally approved by our department will require a modification permit from the Center for Environmental Health before the work may commence. The application for a modification permit can be found here.

Thank you for adhering to this guidance and making the necessary efforts to assure a healthy and safe swimming pool season in 2018.