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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.

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Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 recommendations for business and industry (PDF)

COVID-19 information for businesses and employees

COVID-19 organized sports recommendations (PDF)

Indoor pools and spas

If your indoor pool or spa has been closed, use the indoor pool reopening checklist (PDF). You do not need to contact us before you reopen your indoor pool or spa.

Pool operators and lifeguards

Modification is ending for trained pool operator and lifeguard certification. More information about these changes can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website on the Pool Operator Training (CPO, AFO, and lifeguards) webpage.

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 pools, spas, and other water features

Required yearly inspection before opening

All public swimming pools must pass an inspection before opening for the season. Outdoor opening inspections will begin on a limited basis starting April 1, 2021.

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 pool operator certificate (i.e., CPO, AFO, etc.)
  3. Review and complete the items on the outdoor pool checklist. Outdoor pool checklist (PDF)
  4. To schedule an inspection call 612-543-5200. Outdoor opening inspections will begin on a limited basis starting April 1, 2021.

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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