Public swimming pool licensing

All outdoor public swimming pools and spas must be licensed.

Private swimming pools and natural swimming areas don't have to be licensed.

Building, installing or substantially altering a public pool requires formal review.

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Annual outdoor pool openings

Required yearly inspection before opening

All public swimming pools must pass an inspection before opening for the season.

To prepare for and schedule an inspection:

  1. Pay your license fee.
  2. With your fee submit the completed licensing paperwork and copy of your certified pool operator (CPO) certificate.
  3. Review and complete the items on the outdoor pool checklist. Outdoor pool checklist (PDF)
  4. To schedule an inspection call 612-543-5200.

Drain cover recall

Drain cover recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product

Pool and spa drain covers


About 1 million


  • A&A Manufacturing, of Phoenix, AZ
  • AquaStar Pool Products Inc., of San Diego, CA
  • Color Match Pool Fittings, of Surprise, AZ
  • Custom Molded Products, of Tyrone, GA
  • Hayward Pool Products, of Elizabeth, NJ
  • Pentair Water Pool and Spa, of Sanford, NC
  • Rising Dragon USA, of E. Sweetwater, TN
  • Waterway Plastics, of Oxnard, CA


The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

Call the drain cover recall hotline, toll-free, at 866-478-3521, or visit the Drain Cover Recall website.

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