(a)  No public swimming pool shall commence or continue operation unless the owner or operator has an operation permit issued by the Department for each public swimming pool.  Unless suspended or revoked, the operation permit shall be valid for the period of operation specified in the application but in no event shall it be valid for more than 12 months.  For public swimming pools which are constructed or remodeled, plans and specifications shall have been approved by the Department in accordance with Rule .2509.  Compliance with the design and construction requirements in Rules .2514 through .2534 and approval of plans and specifications shall not be required for public swimming pools constructed or remodeled prior to May 1, 1993.  No public swimming pool shall commence or continue operation after May 1, 2010 unless documentation of compliance with pool drain safety requirements of Rule .2539 of this Section has been submitted to the local health department.

(b)  Equipment replacement shall comply with Rules .2514 through .2534 and shall be approved by the Department prior to installation.  However, for existing swimming pools with recirculation systems unable to meet the pool volume turnover rates specified in the rules of this Section, pump replacement shall match the flow capabilities of the system. Repairs do not require prior approval by the Department.

(c)  A separate application for an operation permit must be submitted for each public swimming pool.  The owner or operator shall apply annually to the Department for an operator's permit.  The application form shall be obtained from the Department and shall include the following information:

(1)           the owner's name, address, and phone number;

(2)           the operator's name, address, and phone number;

(3)           street address of the public swimming pool;

(4)           the physical location of the public swimming pool;

(5)           type of public swimming pool;

(6)           construction date;

(7)           proposed operating dates;

(8)           type of disinfection; and

(9)           signature of owner or designated representative.


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

Eff. May 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2010; January 1, 1996.