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Public Swimming Pool and Spa Program

Our staff ensures pools and spas are hazard free and safe for public enjoyment.  We also review and approve plans and specifications for new and remodeled public pools or spas in order to ensure they meet State standards.

COVID-19 Re-Opening State Guidance for Pools and Spas

  • Purple—WidespreadTier 1:
    Outdoor pools can open. Outdoor hot tubs can open only for use by household groups or in cases where six feet of distancing can be maintained. Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed. Indoor pools used for essential services, such as teaching infant drowning prevention or for use of day camps are allowed.
  • RedSubstantialTier 2:
    Same as Tier 1. Outdoor pools can open. Outdoor hot tubs can open only for use by household groups or in cases where six feet of distancing can be maintained. Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed.
  • OrangeModerateTier 3:
    Indoor pools can open when physical distancing can be maintained for non-household groups. Indoor pools do not include any indoor water parks or water rides. Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed.
  • Yellow—Minimal—Tier 4:
    Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms can open but physical distancing must be maintained for non-household groups. Indoor pools do not include any indoor water parks or water rides

See Sonoma County tier information

Public Pool and Spa Permits

If building a new public pool or spa please go to our New Construction or Major Upgrades page to get started.

If you are upgrading an existing public pool or spa or changing ownership, start by contacting the pool inspector for your area.  Your inspector will:

  • Determine if your facility needs a site review. 
  • Identify any violations of the California Pool Code that will require remediation prior to operating.
  • Determine which permitting process below you need to complete.
  • A permit is required for each individual pool and/or spa.

You may contact us: 

After receiving the inspector's report, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Next Step to Receive Your Public Pool or Spa Permit

After you have spoken with the inspector, you will be directed to follow one of the options below to obtain your permit.  Please click on the appropriate option listed below to get started.

New Construction or Major Upgrades
A plan review and construction inspection is needed before you submit your permit application.

Minor Upgrades
Work with your inspector to identify and fix the minor upgrades needed before you submit your permit application.

No Upgrades Required
No site review nor plan review is required.  You may submit your permit application.

Not sure which permitting process you need to complete?  Please contact your pool inspector or our offices at 707-565-6565 or online.

Contact Information

Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.441823, -122.7137698

Current Fee Schedule

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Fees for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 for all Environmental Health programs

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Public Records Requests

Public Records Requests
Most Environmental Health records are available electronically and you may search our database via the Public Access Viewer.