Public swimming pools and spas in Maryland are licensed and inspected
by the local health department. If you have questions regarding a
license or an operating inspection please contact your local health
A plan for a new public swimming pool or spa, the
alteration of a public swimming pool or spa, or the replacement of a component
at a public swimming pool or spa must be submitted to the Center for Healthy Homes and Community Services
unless the construction, alteration, or replacement will occur within one of
the following jurisdictions: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery,
or Prince George's County or Baltimore City.
Pools and spas are required to comply with the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
To access the MD Public Pool and Spa Regulations, COMAR 10.17.01, go to www.dsd.state.md.us.
On the left side choose “COMAR On Line”. Choose Search Option #3,
“Access Through Table Of Contents”. From the Title list, choose: 10 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Then choose: 10.17.01 Public Pools and Spas. Each regulation is listed separately; choose COMAR 10.17.01.01-10.17.01.54.
Requirements : A swimming
pool and spa contractor must submit complete and detailed plans and
specifications for the swimming pool or spa construction. A construction
permit is issued following approval of plans
A pool piping inspection may be conducted to
observe a pressure test prior to the pipes being covered. To ensure the
facility is built according to the approved plans, and to observe the
circulation and disinfection systems in operation, a final construction
inspection is conducted by DHMH. Upon approval of the final
construction, the county environmental health department will issue an
annual operating permit.
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
Maryland pools and spas regulated by the
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are required to comply
with disability access laws (COMAR 10.17.01.37). It is the pool or spa
owner's responsibility to ensure compliance with disability access laws.
Based on public feedback and discussions
with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, the DHMH has
simplified the process for owners of public pools and/or spas to
document compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
The new process simply requires the owner of the pools and/or spas to
complete the affidavit, located below, and submit it to the local health
department. All owners must submit the ADA affidavit by March 15, 2012,
including those owners who previously submitted the ADA questionnaire.
Anyone needing to delay their submission of
construction plans still has until September 15, 2012 to submit their
plans for compliance and still needs to complete the compliance schedule
for more time, located below, and submit it to the local health
department by March 15, 2012. Any compliance schedule previously
submitted to the Division of Community Services will be forwarded to the
appropriate local health department for processing.
Federal ADA compliance requirements are
separate from, and do not change, any of DHMH's requirements or
procedures related to construction permit applications. If a pool or spa
requires alterations to come into compliance that would otherwise
require a construction permit, the process for submission, review, and
approval of that permit application remains the same, regardless of the
owner's purpose in commencing construction. DHMH's construction permit
review is to ensure that the proposed alterations meet State
requirements for pool construction.
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