Public swimming pool licensing

All outdoor public swimming pools and spas must be licensed.

Private swimming pools and natural swimming areas don't need a license.

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

Expand all information

COVID-19 and pools

Public swimming pools, spas and water features

Executive Order 21-01 went into effect January 10, 2021 which allows pools and spa pools to open with restrictions. Saunas and steam rooms remain closed.

There is no end date to this Executive Order:

  • Pools and spa pools may be open at 25% normal capacity, up to 150 people, whichever is smaller.
  • Nine feet of social distancing for patrons from different households is required in the pool and on the deck at all times.
  • If a pool is in a place of public accommodation with limited occupancy, like a fitness center, pool occupants count toward the total occupancy.

Additional requirements and information can be found in the following links:

Indoor pools and outdoor spas normally open year-round

  • Your pools must remain closed until the executive orders are lifted
  • To prepare for your pool reopening use the indoor pool reopening checklist (PDF)
  • Once the executive orders are lifted, you do not need to contact us before you reopen 

Pool operators and lifeguards

Renewal timelines for trained pool operators and lifeguards have been modified. More information about these can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website:
Pool Operator Training (CPO, AFO, and lifeguards)

Legionella concerns

Food, pools and lodging establishments may be closed or have low occupancy due to COVID-19. Stagnant or standing water in plumbing systems can cause conditions that increase the risk of water-borne diseases such as Legionnaires' disease. It is important to ensure water systems are safe to use and minimize the transmission of Legionella and other bacteria.

Information for owners and operators of establishments

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.

Collapse all information