(a)  Public swimming pools plans and specifications shall be prepared by a registered design professional if required by G.S. 89C Engineering or G.S. 83A Architecture, and shall be approved by the Department prior to construction.  If required by G.S. 87-1 General Contractors, public swimming pools shall be constructed by swimming pool contractors licensed by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.

(b)  The owner shall submit a minimum of two complete sets of plans to the local Health Department for review.  Plans shall be drawn to scale and accompanied by specifications so as to permit a clear, comprehensive review by the local health department.  All prints of drawings shall be a minimum of 18 x 24 inches and a maximum size of 36 x 42 inches. These plans shall include:

(1)           Plan and sectional view dimensions of both the pool and the area enclosed by the barrier fences to include the bathhouse and the equipment room and pool accessories;

(2)           Specifications of all treatment equipment used and their layout in the equipment room;

(3)           A piping schematic showing piping, pipe size, inlets, main drains, skimmers, gutter outlets, vacuum fittings and all other appurtenances connected to the pool-piping system;

(4)           Layout of the chemical storage room; and

(5)           Specifications for the water supply and wastewater disposal systems that include aspects such as well location and backwash water disposal where applicable.

(c)  The Department shall approve, disapprove, or provide written comments on plans and specifications for public swimming pools within 30 days of their receipt.  If such action is not taken within 30 days, the plans and specifications shall be deemed approved.

(d)  If construction is not initiated within one year from the date of approval, the approval is void.

(e)  The swimming pool contractor shall contact the local health department when pool pipes are in place and visible so that the local health department may conduct an open-pipe inspection of the pool piping.

(f)  Prior to issuance of the operation permit, the owner shall submit to the local health department a statement signed by a registered design professional stating that construction is complete and in accordance with approved plans and specifications and approved modifications.  Observation of construction and a final inspection for design compliance by the certifying registered design professional or his representative are required for this statement.

(g)  Upon completion of construction, the contractor shall notify the local health department and the owner.  The contractor shall provide the owner with a complete set of drawings, which show as built, the location of all pipes and the connections of all equipment and written operating instructions for all equipment.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-282;

Eff. May 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2010; July 1, 1992.