Pool permit process
The Snohomish Health District reviews plans for new, altered, and remodeled spas, pools, and other public water contact features. Existing water recreation facilities must apply for an annual permit and are inspected two to three times each year. For annual permit costs, see our Living Environment fee schedule.
All public water recreation facilities must be constructed and operated in accordance with Washington State law, including:
- Swimming pools
- Spray pools
- Spa pools
- Wading pools
- Water contact fountains
- Water slides
Permitting a new water recreation facility
To successfully complete the permit process for a new public water recreation facility in Snohomish County, you must submit each of the items on the following checklist to the Snohomish Health District.
- Fill out the Construction Permit Application (PDF) for water recreational facilities and pay the plan review fee see our Living Environment fee schedule
- Complete the Plan Review Checklist (PDF)
- Draft an Operation Plan, including details about personnel (management, operator, and maintenance), the age of pool users, the time when the pool will be used, and any user special needs
- Create an Emergency Response Plan, including details about lifeguard requirements or rules and enforcement procedures
- Provide one complete set of drawings to scale and with sufficient detail to illustrate construction, and have each individual drawing signed and stamped by the design engineer or architect licensed in Washington (see below for more details)
- Provide the Engineer’s Construction Report (PDF) after construction is completed.
- Fill out an Application for Water Recreational Facility Permit and pay the annual fee (see Pool Permit Fees page)
After the construction report is submitted, a pre-operation inspection will be provided by the Snohomish Health District. At this point in the process, your facility must be in full compliance. A re-inspection fee will be charged if an inspector has to return to the site.
Required pool permit drawings
- Site plan—Show the pool in relation to the surrounding area and structures, and indicate the number of stories in any living units associated with the pool facility as well as whether elevators are present
- Detailed building plan for the pool areas—Indicate all entrances into pool areas, which entrances are also emergency exits, and the height of all structures facing pools and their set-back from the pool edge, including balconies, external stairways, and other structures
- Cross-sectional views of the pool—Show details of the pool’s radius of curvature at shallow, breakpoint, and deep ends as well as the main drains, pool floor slope, and sidewall details, including locations of depth markings
- Detailed information on the pool deck—Include dimensions, materials, locations for drains and depth markings, slopes, and type of non-slip finish.
- Detailed view of the equipment room—Show equipment layout, floor drains and slope, and details for proposed chemical storage
- Showers and restrooms (if required)—Provide a view of the rooms showing all fixtures, materials, and locations of floor drains
- Details of all protective barriers—Provide construction details, materials, dimensions, and hardware, including gates and access doors
- Complete pool piping schematic—Indicate piping materials, sizes, inlet details, main drain details, skimmers, and all other appurtenances to the piping system
- Proposed lighting intensities—Indicate for pool (30 foot-candles minimum), locker rooms (20 foot-candles minimum), and equipment room (20 foot-candles minimum)
- Ventilation system for indoor pools—Show that it meets ASHRAE pool facility standards and includes maintaining negative pressure in the pool and deck area
- Details or cut sheets—Include for all pumps, filters, disinfectant feeders, skimmers, inlets, and drains, indicating manufacturer and model number for all equipment with the completed enclosed Plan Review Checklist
Note: Construction permits will not be issued if your submittal is incomplete.
Pool permit fees
Snohomish Health District fees are required by state law to cover our costs in regulating businesses to protect the public.
An annual permit is required in order to operate a water recreational facility. Permit renewal invoices are sent out in advance, with fees due within 30 days. Permits are valid from June 1 through May 31, and are not transferable.
For questions, contact us at 425.339.8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.