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Swimming Pools


Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
*** See New Drain Compliance Requirements ***


(a) For public swimming pools which are constructed or remodeled on or after May 1, 1991, plans and specifications shall be prepared by a registered professional engineer or registered architect, and shall be approved by the Department prior to construction. Public swimming pools constructed after May 1, 1992, shall be constructed by swimming pool contractors licensed by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, Post Office Box 17187, Raleigh, North Carolina 27619. The General Contractor's license shall include the Swimming Pool Classification.

(b) A minimum of two complete sets of plans shall be submitted to the Health Department for review. Plans shall be drawn to scale and accompanied by specifications so as to permit a clear, comprehensive review by the local health department. All prints of drawings shall be a minimum of 18 x 24 inches and a maximum size of 36 x 42 inches.
These plans shall include:

(1) Plan and sectional view dimensions of both the pool and the area enclosed by the barrier fences to include the bathhouse and the equipment room and pool accessories;
(2) Specifications of all treatment equipment used and their layout in the equipment room;
(3) A piping schematic showing piping, pipe size, inlets, main drains, skimmers, gutter outlets, vacuum fittings and all other appurtenances connected to the pool-piping system;
(4) Layout of the chemical storage room;
(5) Specifications for the water supply and wastewater disposal systems would include aspects such as well location and backwash water disposal where applicable.
Any additional data requested by the local health department after the initial application shall be submitted in order to clarify any related phase of the project.

(c) The Department shall approve, disapprove, or provide written comments on plans and specifications for public swimming pools within 30 days of their receipt. If such action is not taken within 30 days, the plans and specifications shall be deemed approved.

(d) If construction is not initiated within one year from the date of approval, the approval shall be voided.

(e) Prior to issuance of the operation permit, the owner shall submit to the local health department a statement signed by a registered architect, or a registered professional engineer stating that construction is complete and in accordance with approved plans and specifications and approved modifications. Periodic observations of construction and a final inspection for design compliance by the certifying registered architect, or registered professional engineer or his representative shall be required for this statement.

(f) Upon completion of construction, the contractor shall notify the local health department and the owner. The contractor shall provide the owner with a complete set of drawings, which show as built, the location of all pipes and the connections of all equipment and written operating instructions for all equipment.

In addition, the Application for Public Swimming Pool Operation Permit (PDF), together with a permit fee, payable to Catawba County, must be submitted with the plans. The application may also be used for annual renewal of the permit to operate when accompanied by the permit fee.


(a) No public swimming pool shall commence or continue operation on or after May 1, 1990, unless the owner or operator has an operation permit issued by the Department for each public swimming pool. Unless suspended or revoked, the operation permit shall be valid for the period of operation specified in the application but in no event shall it be valid for more than 12 months. For public swimming pools which are constructed or remodeled on or after May 1, 1991, plans and specifications shall have been approved by the Department in accordance with Rule .2509. Compliance with the design and construction requirements in Rules .2512 - .2534 and approval of plans and specifications shall not be required for public swimming pools constructed or remodeled prior to May 1, 1993.

(b) On or after May 1, 1991, equipment replacement shall comply with Rules .2512 - .2534 and shall be approved by the Department prior to installation. However, for swimming pools with existing turnover rates of less than four times in 24 hours, wading pools with existing turnover rates of less than 12 times in 24 hours, and spas with existing turnover rates of less than 48 times in 24 hours, pumps are not required to comply with Rule .2518 of this Section. Repairs do not require prior approval by the Department.

(c) These Rules shall not apply until May 1, 1992 to public swimming pools in counties or districts where a local board of health has adopted rules prior to July 5, 1989 that establish public swimming pool standards. On or after May 1, 1992, all public swimming pools must meet these Rules. Construction, remodeling, or equipment replacement permitted under local rules prior to May 1, 1992 shall not be required to meet the design and construction requirements of these Rules.

(d) A separate application for an operation permit must be submitted for each public swimming pool. The owner or operator shall apply annually to the Department for an operator's permit. A form must be obtained from the Department to provide the following information:

(1) the owner's name, address, and phone number;
(2) the operator's name, address, and phone number;
(3) street address of the public swimming pool;
(4) the physical location of the public swimming pool;
(5) type of public swimming pool;
(6) construction date;
(7) proposed operating dates;
(8) type of disinfection;
(9) signature of owner or designated representative.
Each public swimming pool, wading pool and/or spa shall be inspected by the Department to determine compliance with the rules of this Section. Pools and spas that open on or after April 1 and close on or before October 31 is considered a seasonal pool and shall be inspected once during the period of operation.  All other pools and spas shall be inspected at least twice a year and are considered year around pools or spas.