Pools & Spas
The Snohomish County Health Department regulates water quality and safety features for pools and spas. We conduct routine inspections at parks, hotels, athletic clubs, apartment complexes, and schools in Snohomish County.
Along with routine inspections, the Health Department:
- Inspects the construction of new water recreational facilities
- Investigates injuries and complaints of illness or unsanitary conditions at public facilities
- Reviews plans for new and remodeled public swimming pools and spas.
Routine Inspections & Permit Renewal
Existing water recreation facilities must apply for an annual permit by May 31st each year. Seasonal facilities are inspected twice between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Year-round facilities are inspected three times throughout the year.
During field inspections:
- Chemical testing is used to evaluate water quality
- Water monitoring and record keeping is reviewed
- Emergency equipment is tested
- Facility maintenance is evaluated
- Education materials are provided
- Compliance/enforcement of regulations is discussed as necessary
Inspection reports can be viewed online.
Follow these tips to prevent injury, illness and water contamination:
- Always watch children when they are in or near the water, even if they know how to swim. Give them your undivided, distraction-free attention. The Safe Kids website has more drowning prevention information.
- People with an infectious illness, including vomiting or diarrhea within the past 14 days, should not enter the water.
- Shower thoroughly before entering the water.
- Small children should be taken on frequent bathroom breaks.
- Everyone should thoroughly wash their hands with soapy water after using the restroom or changing diapers.
- Swimmers should wash their hands and face thoroughly with soapy water before eating or preparing food.
- Pets should not be allowed in pools and should be kept on a leash. Service animals are allowed on the pool deck, but not in the water. Pet waste should be collected by the owner and disposed of properly.
- Waterfowl should not be fed or otherwise encouraged to be in a public swimming area.
- Do not run around pools.
COMPLAINTS & INJURIES
The owner or operator MUST report any death, near drowning, or serious injury to SCHD within 48 hours. A serious injury means someone has called for emergency aid (such as 911) and the person needs immediate medical treatment at a clinic or emergency room, or has been admitted to a hospital. Use the state's Water Recreation Injury Report Form (PDF).
Complaints about safety or sanitation at a Snohomish County pool or spa can be submitted online.