Public & Semi-Public Swimming Pool Information

The goal of the City of Garland public swimming pool inspection program is to ensure that all public and semi-public swimming pools maintain sanitary chemical balance and adhere to the pool safety ordinance to minimize the likelihood of waterborne disease outbreaks and submersion injuries.

Swimming Pool Regulations

City of Garland Code of Ordinances - Chapter 22, Article VI

Texas Department of State Health Services - Standards for Public Pools and Spas

Texas Department of State Health Services -  Rules for Public Interactive Water Features and Fountains

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Swimming Pool and Spa Permits

Each public and semi-public swimming pool and spa must obtain a valid permit to operate in the City of Garland.  The permit fee for each swimming pool or spa is $200.  If the swimming pool or spa is operated by a governmental agency, independent school district, non-profit agency, church, or home owner association (HOA), the permit fee is waived.  No swimming pool or spa can open until a complete inspection has been conducted, the pool or spa is 100% in compliance, and the health permit has been issued by the Environmental Health Specialist (EHS).  To contact an EHS concerning your swimming pool, please contact the Health Department at (972) 205-3460.

Swimming Pool Permit Application


Registered Pool Operator Information

Section 22.95(A) of the Garland Code of Ordinances requires that each swimming pool and spa must have a registered pool operator as follows:

(1)     Any person who operates a public or semipublic pool or spa shall employ at least one person who has a valid and current registered pool operator certification issued by the director.

(2)     A person is in compliance with the provisions of this section if there is one employee on the premises who is responsible for maintenance of any pools present on the premises who has a valid and current registered pool operator certification; provided, that semipublic pools owned by homeowner associations or maintained by off-premises management companies may utilize pool maintenance companies whose field employees are certified registered pool operators.


Registered Pool Operator Application

2014 Registered Pool Operator Courses

Inspection Recheck Fee/Inspection Credit

Each pool inspection performed will result in a recheck inspection, if any violations of this article remain uncorrected at the conclusion of the initial evaluation. The first follow-up inspection will be performed at no cost to the swimming pool operator. Any subsequent follow-up inspections will result in the assessment of a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee. The follow-up inspection fee must be paid prior to recheck inspection being conducted. When an initial evaluation reveals that no violations of this article exist, the person who operates the swimming pool or spa shall be credited twenty-five dollars ($25.00) toward the next annual permit fee.

Miscellaneous Swimming Pool Documents