Public Swimming Pools

Program Background 


Public swimming pools, spas and special use pools are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3749 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and the rules specified in Chapter 3701-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

A public swimming pool is defined as any indoor or outdoor structure, chamber or tank containing a body of water for swimming, diving or bathing, but does not include a private residential swimming pool. The rules establish minimum standards, applicable throughout Ohio, for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission and provide a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment.

Obtain a Permit

Contact the Environmental Division of the Allen County Health Department at 419-228-4457 for the most current information. 

Licenses are renewed annually by June 1.


  Weekly Pool/Spa Operation Report
  Equipment Replacement Notification Form



  Allen County Board of Health Regulations
  Ohio Revised Code
  Ohio Administrative Code



More Information

  Approved Paint List
  Automatic Controller List
  Fecal Accidents in Pools
  Pool Safety



Bathing Beach Monitoring Program

The Bathing Beach Monitoring Program is a cooperative effort of the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, local health departments with public beaches within their jurisdictions and private and public organizations along the Lake Erie border and throughout Ohio. The goal of the program is to assure a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment by protecting the bathing public from risks of contracting waterborne diseases from exposure to contaminated waters.

  Ohio Department of Health Bathing Beaches  Program Information
  Ohio Department of Health Guide for the Evaluation of Bathing Beaches