Pools-Spas-Aquatic Facilities

Per Governor Sisolak’s Phase 2 Guidance 05/28/2020 (click here):
  • Pools may open beginning Friday, May 29, 2020, by submitting a Self Opening Checklist (click here).  This form must be filled out by a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) with a minimum of 2 days of water chemistry data and then emailed (HealthEHS@washoecounty.usor faxed (775-328-6176) to our office before opening to the public. 
  • Pool permit fees must be current or can be deferred until July 28, 2020, only if a Deferral Application is submitted (click here).
  • Spas will remain closed until the governor directs otherwise.
  • Pools and spas are required to have a permit even if they are not used because pools and spas can pose a public health risk.

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The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) regulates the construction and operation of all aquatic facilities (e.g., pools, spas, water parks, splash pads) to ensure safe water quality and to protect the health of the public and environment.  Pools and spas located at a private residence and used only by family and friends are not subject to these permitting and inspections.  Note that private residences do not include Condominiums or Housing Communities with communal pools.

Any new construction, remodel of existing structures and/or equipment, or modification to the circulation system (e.g., chemical feeders, circulation pumps, filters, etc.) may require plans to be submitted for review by the Washoe County Health District.  ANY change in the above equipment requires approval from the Washoe County Health District.

Any deficiencies identified that may pose a threat to the public health or the environment require the pool and/or spa to be closed and the permit to be suspended.  Once all conditions have been properly evaluated and a re-inspection has been completed the permit may be re-instated and the pool and/or spa may be re-opened.

**WCHD Minimum Requirements for an Emergency Phone**  

All emergency phones must meet both criteria listed below for WCHD approval at public bathing places, pools and spas :  

1) Phone must be hard wired and capable of dialing 911.  Cell phones, phones that are powered on batteries or solar chargers will NOT be allowed.

2) Phone must be outside the facility enclosure.  An additional phone may be located inside the enclosure.

Signage for the emergency phone(s) must indicate phone location and emergency numbers.  Click here for an example

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