SWIMMING POOLS – LICENSING & REQUIREMENTS

The Queen Anne’s County Department of Environmental Health conducts inspections of public swimming pool facilities prior to pool openings and throughout the year to monitor health and safety conditions.  Public pools are licensed by the Health Department in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for Public Swimming Pools and Spas.   
 
 
POOL APPLICATION
In order to operate a public pool, an owner must submit their application packet and annual fee of $150.00 to The Queen Anne’s County Department of Environmental Health.  Seasonal pools require a pre-opening inspection and approval. 
 
 
 
CERTIFIED POOL OPERATOR
The State of Maryland requires every public pool to have a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) on duty who is responsible for the safety, health, and maintenance of the pool/spa operations.  The following are the requirements for a CPO (COMAR 10.17.01.41):
·         Must be 16 years or older
·         Must complete a 14-hour approved public pool/spa operator course with a minimum grade of 70% or better; or
·         Present proof of previous certification and completed an approved 4 hour refresher course; or
·         Pass a challenge exam offered by the Secretary
Upon completion of the approved course, a Pool/Spa Operator Certification Card is issued by Queen Anne’s County Department of Environmental Health.
 
NEW CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION AND REPLACEMENT
New construction of a pool or renovations to an existing pool requires State approval.
 
·         Builder Guidelines
·         Plan Review
 
ADDITIONAL FORMS & HELPFUL LINKS
·         Water Balance Parameters
·         Healthy Swimming