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Swimming Pools

Code Compliance inspects all public, apartment, motel, hotel, health club and community pools in the city to ensure compliance with the swimming pool ordinance. This includes water play facilities.

Swimming pools are often the source of injuries and frequently play a role in the transmission of infections. For further information, please contact Kelly Marvel, Code Compliance Supervisor at 817-459-6225 or Kelly.Marvel@arlingtontx.gov

Important Notice:  The City of Arlington in accordance with Federal Law requires that, as of December 19, 2008, all operating public and semi-private pools and spas must meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8-2007 standard guidelines regarding drain covers and location of the emergency telephone.

Pool Operator Permit

Each site must have a Trained Pool Operator that has attended an approved pool certification course and registered with the City.

Swimming Pool Plan Review

Whenever a public or semi-public pool is constructed or remodeled, plans and specifications are submitted to the Community Development and Planning Department located at City Hall, 101 W. Abram, 2nd floor, telephone 817-459-6502, for review and approval. Contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov.

All pools and spas must meet the requirements of the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Health Services – Standards for Public Pools and Spas

Swimming Pool Barriers

Swimming pool barriers/enclosures are designed to keep small children away from a pool. The Code Compliance division plays an active role in protecting children by administering codes pertaining to pool enclosures. An unprotected pool is potentially as life-threatening as an unsecured firearm in the house.


New fences must be approved and permitted by the Building Inspection Division and must meet 1997 Uniform Building Code (UBC) requirements. UBC requirements: 1997 UBC Ch 4 – Division I – Barriers for Swimming Pools Spas and Hot Tubs

Existing fences must meet standards set by the Construction Chapter requirements: Construction Chapter, Article IX – Fences, Section 9.02, Enclosure of Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs

Contact the Code Compliance division at 817-459-6777  immediately if you see or suspect a problem with a pool barrier or gate. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.