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Opening/Renewing Procedures for a Swimming Pool/Spa

Swimming Pool/Spa Operators:

Pool Season is just around the corner and we want to assist you in having a safe pool and spa operating season. Please read this letter regarding instructions for Clayton County pool and spa operators.

Procedures for Opening a Swimming Pool/Spa for the Swimming Season/Renewing a Pool Permit

  1. Have the Certified Operator in charge of your swimming pool/spa fill out the information sent with the letter or listed below:
    • Pool Operation Application - this is required in order to update the information our office has on file for your property and to insure that you receive the quickest service possible.
    • Equipment/Parameter Checklist (pdf)- this form shows you what equipment/ parameters you are required to have or meet before you will be allowed to open your swimming pool/spa or renew your permit.
    • Calculations Worksheet (pdf)- this form allows our office to monitor what is physically/hydraulically occurring with your pool/spa.
  2. Along with the information above the letter will contain an invoice for any fees associated with your Public Swimming Pool Permit.
  3. In order to schedule an appointment for an opening inspection you must complete the above information and submit it along with your payment to our office.
  4. Once this information is submitted an Environmental Health Specialist will contact your office or your certified operator in order to schedule an appointment to conduct your opening inspection. The certified operator must be present at the time of your first inspection of the season.
  5. If you have not had any contact with the Environmentalist responsible for your pool within 5 days of submitting your information, please contact our office to check and make sure your paperwork was received.
  6. The Environmentalist will schedule an appointment to inspect the pool within 3-5 working days, once all the proper information is provided.
  7. Each facility shall test the chemicals in the pool on a daily basis and a log must be kept. Either the Chemical Record Sheet (pdf) may be utilized or your trained operator may record these same measurements in another format.

A Public Swimming Pool is not allowed to open for public use without first having passed its opening inspection and paid all fees associated with the pool/spa. It is the management company's responsibility to follow-up on the information submitted to this office. If a pool or spa is found to be operating without a valid Public Swimming Pool permit the facility will be closed by the Environmental Health Office and the responsible party will be required to pay double all applicable fees and the pool must pass the inspection before reopening.

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was effective December 19, 2008. While this legislation is enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are portions of the legislation with local requirements that must be considered.

The following forms must be completed in order to comply with the Virginia Graeme Bake Pool and Spa Safety Act:

1. Main Drain Calculations (pdf) - This form must be utilized for any main drain cover that is installed, regardless of the number of main drains located at the pool or spa. This ensures that the proposed main drain cover(s) will meet both federal and local requirements.

2. Abbreviated Plan Review When Converting a Single Main Drain Pool Into A Multiple Main Drain Pool (pdf) - This form must be utilized for any pool or spa that is converting from a single main drain pool to a multiple main drain pool or spa. This ensures that the aspects of the alteration will meet local requirements.


Clayton County Board of Health
Office of Environmental Health Services

1 Crown Center 1895 Phoenix Blvd,Suite 400 College Park, GA 30349
Phone: (678) 610-7469   Fax: (770) 603-4874