Pool Safety

Community pools can reopen! NEW

As of June 12, 2020, public swimming pools are now allowed to reopen as part of the State’s Resilience Roadmap. Please review the State Guidance Documents, Orange County Health Officer’s Order, Community Pool Plan, and the Pool Reopening Procedures prior to reopening. You do not need to obtain approval from Environmental Health to reopen.

Public swimming pools are swimming pools operated for the use of the general public with or without charge, or for the use of the members and guests of a private club. Examples of public swimming pools include fitness gym pools, public or private school pools, homeowner association pools, condominium pools, and club pools. Public swimming pools do not include a swimming pool located on the grounds of a private single-family home.

More fun for the kids and family! NEW

Please reference the following guidance for campgrounds and outdoor recreation, day camps, and summer camps:

Poster image - It Only Takes Seconds to Drown.

The Orange County Drowning Prevention Task Force has launched a new drowning prevention campaign.


Water and COVID-19 FAQs

Click here to find more details about drinking water, recreational water, and wastewater and COVID-19.

About Us

The focus of this program is to ensure that all public pools are free of safety hazards and risk of communicable diseases. Public Pools include swimming pools, spa pools, and wade pools at apartments, condominiums, townhouses, hotels, motels, schools, community parks, commercial sites, health clubs, mobile home parks, campgrounds, auto courts and resorts. Routine pool inspections are conducted to cover issues from construction to water chemistry and operations. For more information or questions regarding specific public pool, please contact us.

Owners or operators planning to construct or remodel a public pool are required to submit three sets of plans with specifications and obtain approval prior to start of construction. A Plan Check fee must be paid at the time of plan submission. For more information regarding plan check submission, contact a plan check representative at (714) 433-6074.

Pool construction and remodel information and guidelines

Additional Guidelines/Codes

Related Links


Additional Pool Operator Resources

Professional Pool and Spa Operator Course (PPSO)
Offered through The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
2111 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 833-0083

Certified Pool/Spa Operator's Course (CPO)
Offered at various times and locations throughout southern California
National Swimming Pool Foundation
4775 Granby Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
(719) 540-9119

Aquatic Facility Operator Certification (AFO)
National Recreation and Parks Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
(800) 626-6772