The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) regulates the construction and operation of all aquatic facilities (e.g., pools, spas, water parks, splash pads) to ensure safe water quality and to protect the health of the public and environment. Pools and spas located at a private residence and used only by family and friends are not subject to these permitting and inspections. Note that private residences do not include Condominiums or Housing Communities with communal pools.
Any new construction, remodel of existing structures and/or equipment, or modification to the circulation system (e.g., chemical feeders, circulation pumps, filters, etc.) may require plans to be submitted for review by the Washoe County Health District. ANY change in the above equipment requires approval from the Washoe County Health District.
All pools and spas that do not operate year-round or that have been closed during the winter months must receive and pass an inspection by the Washoe County Health District before they can open. A link is provided below for Pool and Spa Opening Inspection Requests. Any deficiencies identified that may pose a threat to the public health or the environment require the pool and/or spa to be closed and the permit to be suspended. Once all conditions have been properly evaluated and a re-inspection has been completed the permit may be re-instated and the pool and/or spa may be re-opened.
**WCHD Minimum Requirements for an Emergency Phone**
All emergency phones must meet both criteria listed below for WCHD approval at public bathing places, pools and spas :
1) Phone must be hard wired and capable of dialing 911. Cell phones, phones that are powered on batteries or solar chargers will NOT be allowed.
2) Phone must be outside the facility enclosure. An additional phone may be located inside the enclosure.
Signage for the emergency phone(s) must indicate phone location and emergency numbers. Click here for an example
- Public Pool/Spa Permit Application
- Public Pool/Spa Construction Application
- Pool Daily Operating Record
- Spa Daily Operating Record
Pool and Spa Requirements and Maintenance
- Washoe County Public Swimming Pool and Spa Operator Requirements
- Public Pool and Spa Operator Field Guide
- 2020 Pool and Spa Opening Letter and Procedures
- Public Pool and Spa Opening Procedures
- First-Aid Kit: Contents and Equipment List
- Signage for Public Pools and Spas
- Emergency Phone Example
- Gate Example
- Fecal Incident Response Recommendation for Pools (CDC)
- FAQ's about Service Animals (ADA)
- Emergency Phone Regulations
- Public Swimming Pool and Spa Operator Certification Program (CPO)
- Public Bathing Places
- Public Spas
- Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
- US Consumer Product Safety Interpretations
- ADA Regulations
- NOV (Notice of Violation) Appeals
- Email the Public Pools & Spas Program
- Front Desk: 775.328.2434
Last modified on 06/01/2021