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Public and Semi-Public Pools, Spas, and Public Interactive Water Features

Community Development and Planning’s Health Services Division performs plan review and permitting services for all public and semi-public pools, spas, and public interactive water features (PIWF).

Code Compliance inspects all public and semi-public pools to ensure continued operational compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Rules for Public Pools and Spas and the City’s Public Pool and Spa Ordinance.  Contact the Code Compliance division at 817-459-6777 immediately if you see or suspect a problem with a pool barrier or gate or to report a pool violation. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.

Swimming pools can be the source of injuries and may play a role in the transmission of infections. For questions about Recreation Waterborne Illnesses, please contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee.Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov

Pool Plan Review

Whenever a public or semi-public pool is constructed or remodeled, plans and specifications must be 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. For more information, contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov.

Pool Barriers/Fences

Plans and specification for the pool yard enclosure must be 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. For more information, contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov.

Swimming pool barriers/enclosures are designed to keep small children and unauthorized users out of the body of water in an effort to prevent accidental drowning. Annual inspections of the pool gates and pool yard enclosure are conducted by Code Compliance to ensure that this critical safety feature is maintained.

Requirements

The City of Arlington requires compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to the construction and operation of public and semi public pools, spas and PIWFs.

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

Pool Operator Permit

Each site must have a Trained Pool Operator that has attended an approved pool certification course.