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Pools, Spa Pools and Bathing Places

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Environmental Health

The Department of Health regulates all public pools and Bathing Places.  This regulation is considered a significant factor in the prevention of disease, sanitary nuisances, and accidents.

All proposed new constructions and modifications to existing pools require approval from the local building department.  Annual Operating Permits are issued by the local county health department and are valid from July 1 through June 30. These permits must be applied for and renewed annually.

The following pool facilities are inspected by our staff each year:

  • Proper disinfection of the water
  • Chemical balance of the pool water
  • Filtration equipment properly maintained
  • Safety equipment is maintained on site
  • Entrapment Protection, Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Safety Act

Section 514.0315, Florida Statutes (opens in a new window), requires all public swimming pools and spas to be equipped with an anti-entrapment system or device that complies with American Society of Mechanical

Engineers/American National Standards Institute standard A112.19.8, or any successor standard.  All new pools and spas are required to use a gravity drainage system that uses a collector tank.  The law provides the owner or operator of a public pool or spa several options for pools and spas built before January 1, 1993. 

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Verification Form for Entrapment Protection (pdf)

Safety Checklist for Safety Vacuum Release System (pdf)

Safety Checklist for Suction Limiting Vent System (pdf)

Code Compliant Drain List by Company (pdf <1mb)

Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safety website 

Safety Vaccum Release System (SVRS) Testing Guide (pdf<1mb)

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