There are many types of swimming pool permit applications and choosing the right one depends on what you want to do. You will need a permit to Construct a Public Swimming Pool, to Modify an Existing Public Swimming Pool, or to Operate a Public Swimming Pool.

If you are constructing a public swimming pool you will need to submit a completed Swimming Pool Construction Permit Application with plans that include a pool plumbing schematic with equipment details, specification sheets for the pool equipment, a bathhouse plan, a subdivision/community plat, and a layout of the amenity area, along with a completed Hydraulic Analysis Worksheet.

For a modification or renovation of an existing public swimming pool, you will need to submit a completed Modification Permit Application detailing all changes associated with the project and supporting documentation (i.e., cut sheets of the equipment, construction materials, etc.).

An Operational Permit Application must be completed for newly constructed public swimming pools as well as those that have changed ownership to initiate the process of obtaining an operational permit.  A valid operational permit is required before a public swimming pool can be opened for use.  Public swimming pools that operate seasonally (i.e., opening and closing sometime between April 1 and October 31) must receive a passing inspection from our department before opening each year.

Note: Applicants for new swimming pool operational permits must fully complete a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application before a permit can be issued.  For newly constructed pools, the swimming pool operational permit application and residency verification affidavit must be submitted, and the inspection fee must be paid before a final construction inspection can be scheduled.

Applications and Forms

Forward the original copy of the application, three (3) sets of plans (new and renovated pools only), a local contact person’s name and phone number, and the appropriate fee to:

Cobb Public Health
Center for Environmental Health
1738 County Services Pkwy
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 435-7815

Forward the original copy of the application, three (3) sets of plans (new and renovated pools only), a local contact person’s name and phone number, and the appropriate fee to:

Douglas Public Health
Center for Environmental Health
8700 Hospital Drive, 1st Floor
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7311


CDC Fecal Incident and Outbreak Response – Click on the link to the left, then scroll down and click on Fecal Incident Response and Hyperchlorination to Kill Crypto Guidelines for specific pool treatment information.

Vomit and Blood Contamination of Pool Water

Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces

General Requirements 

All swimming pools under the jurisdiction of Cobb & Douglas Public Health are required to have an operable, hard-wired, weatherproof telephone, with direct 911 access or capability.  The emergency phone must be installed in a conspicuous location, and it must always be available to bathers and pool staff.  A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” must be posted by the emergency phone.  Directions to the phone’s location must be conspicuously posted if the telephone is not readily visible within the pool area.

It is also extremely important that pool emergency phones have their location verified with 911 operators.  An unverified emergency phone may have the address of an adjacent property associated with its phone number, which could result in unnecessary delays from emergency medical technicians (EMTs).  A verified emergency phone number will let the 911 operator know that an emergency situation is occurring at your swimming pool and assure that EMTs can arrive as quickly as possible.

Cell Phones 

Because cell phones are not usually at a fixed location, are not provided with a continuous power supply, and do not provide accurate caller location information to 911 operators, they do not serve as a reliable device for seeking assistance in the event of an emergency. For this reason, it has been the policy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health to prohibit the use of cell phones as an emergency phone for a swimming pool.


  • Pool rules (in minimum 1-inch letters) posted at or near the pool’s entrance shall state the following:
    • Pool Risks:
      • Shower before entering the pool.
      • Children shall not use pool without an adult in attendance.
      • Adults shall not swim alone.
      • All children three years old and younger and any child not potty-trained must wear snug fitting plastic pants or a water resistant swim diaper.
      • Do not swim if the suction outlets are missing, broken, or not clearly visible from the deck.
      • No glass articles allowed in or around pool.
      • Do not swallow the pool water.
      • Do not dive unless diving area is clear of other bathers.  (Note: If the swimming pool is 5 feet or less in depth, we recommend changing this rule to “No diving allowed.”)
      • Do not swim if you had diarrhea within the past two weeks.
      • No animals are allowed in the pool or pool enclosure, except service animals are allowed on the deck.
  • A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” shall be posted at the telephone.
  • A sign stating the pool’s hours of operation shall be posted at or near the pool entrance.
  • A sign stating the pool’s bathing load in at least 4-inch letters shall be posted at or near the pool entrance.


Where lifeguards are not provided or at lifeguarded pools with “swim at your own risk” periods:

  • Signs shall be posted in a conspicuous location at or near the pool entrance that state in at least four inches (4”) high letters, “WARNING – NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY” and “RISK OF DROWNING – SUPERVISE CHILDREN CLOSELY”.

Where a pool slide is provided:

  • Rules shall be posted at the entrance of the slide that state the following:
    • Risk of Illness and Injury:
      • Running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in any flume or tunnel.
      • Rough playing on the slide or feature.
      • Diving or flipping while exiting from a flume or feature.
      • Use of the slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      • Use of the flume or feature by more than one person at a time.
      • Failure to obey the instructions of the pool attendant or lifeguard.
      • Failure to keep hands inside the flume while using the slide.
      • Failure to leave the falling-entry pool promptly after exiting from the slide.
      • The possession of any glass, bottle or food in or near any pool.
      • Entry into an area of grass or other vegetation and returning to slide, feature or pool.
      • The possession of any loose objects.
      • The use of any clothing other than the swimwear on the slide or feature.
      • Wearing any bracelet, watch, or other jewelry.

If the pool is a spa/whirlpool:

  • Rules shall be posted at or near the spa that state the following:
    • Risk of Fetus Damage. Hot water exposure limitations vary from person to person. Pregnant women and small children should not use spa without medical approval.
    • Risk of Drowning. Other persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, and other health problems should not enter the spa without medical approval.
    • Risk of Drowning. Do not use the spa while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or drugs that cause sleepiness and drowsiness or raise/lower blood pressure.
    • Risk of Drowning. Use caution when bathing alone. Overexposure to hot water may cause nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Lower water temperatures are recommended for young children and for extended use (more than10-15 minutes).
    • Risk of Drowning. Do not use or operate spa if the suction fitting is missing, broken, or loose.
    • Risk of Child Drowning. Unsupervised use by children is prohibited. Children under five shall not use the spa.
    • Risk of Injury. Check spa temperature before entering. The spa temperature should not exceed 104°F.
    • Risk of Injury. Enter and exit slowly.
    • Risk of Injury. Keep all glass and breakable objects out of the spa area.
    • Risk of Shock. Never place electrical appliances (telephone, radio, or televisions) within five feet of the spa.

A pool must close under the following conditions.

  • Disinfectant and/or pH out of acceptable range
  • Main drain grate not visible
  • Main drain grate missing or damaged
  • Poor recirculation of the pool water due to:
  • Pumps or filters not operating properly
  • Less than 50% of skimmers operating
  • Lack of safety equipment (life ring and/or shepherd’s hook)
  • Emergency telephone missing or inoperative
  • Chemical feeders or filters inoperative
  • Fecal accidents or contamination of pool water with vomitus or blood
  • Non-compliant pool barrier/enclosure
  • Any other condition deemed to be an imminent health or safety hazard by the department

The following guide may be used to assist with preparing your pool for an opening inspection:

Guide to Preparing a Swimming Pool for an Opening Inspection

The following guide may be used to assist you in calculating your swimming pool’s bathing load:

Bathing Load Calculation Guide

While a fecal, vomitus, or blood contamination incident can present a health hazard to bathers in the immediate vicinity of the incident, the potential for disease transmission may be reduced by implementing the following procedures at your pool:

  • Discourage bathers from entering the pool if they have suffered from gastrointestinal illness related diarrhea in the past two weeks.
  • Encourage bathers to use the toilet and wash their hands with soap and water before using the pool.  Take children on frequent bathroom breaks.
  • Encourage bathers to always shower before entering the pool or before reentering the pool after using the toilet.
  • Require that children who are not yet potty-trained and incontinent bathers wear swimsuit diapers and tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants.  Keep in mind that even though rubber pants and swimsuit diapers can contain most fecal accidents, they may not be completely effective (i.e., improperly sized, become stretched or torn, etc.). Immediately remove the child or incontinent bather from the pool and pool area if defecation occurs.
  • Do not permit diaper changing in the pool area and prohibit the practice of dipping a child’s bottom in the pool as part of the diaper changing process.  If possible, install diaper changing tables in bather accessible bathrooms.
  • Encourage bathers to avoid swallowing pool water.
  • Ensure all pool personnel are properly trained in the prevention and management of pool water fecal, vomitus, or blood incidents.
  • Evacuate and close the pool immediately in the event of vomitus or fecal contamination.  Also, refer to the CDC’s Fecal Incident Response Recommendations for Aquatic Staff for guidance.
  • Ensure that your pool water is balanced and tested frequently, and that a minimum free chlorine residual of 1.0 ppm (2.0 ppm for pools using stabilized chlorine, and 3.0 ppm for spas) is maintained.  Maintain the pH between 7.2 -7.8.  Do not operate the pool if the filtration or disinfection systems are not in proper working order.
  • Ensure that the pool, pool piping, deck, and deck piping are properly designed to prevent gray water, wastewater, or sewage from backing up or draining into the pool. Ensure proper back-flow prevention devices are installed on potable water lines and that they are in good, working condition.
  • Discourage bathers from sharing items, like towels or razors, with other people.
  • Encourage bathers with skin infections to stay out of the pool. If that is not possible, encourage the bather to cover any bumps, cuts, or infected areas with watertight bandages.
  • Do not allow pets in t