Public Pool/Public Spa Health Permitting

What is the process?

Step 1: Review Operational Requirements

Read and comply with the California Swimming Pool Requirements.

Step 2: Consult with an Inspector

A health permit to operate a Public Pool and/or Spa Facility will not be issued unless all construction and requirements are met.  If you have completed a plan check for your Public Pool and/or Spa Facility and have already been working with an inspector, proceed to step 3.


  • If you are a new owner for an existing Public Pool and/or Spa that has been previously permitted by Environmental Health Services for use, continue to step 3.


  • If you have acquired a property with a pool and/or spa that has not been previously permitted by Environmental Health Services for use as a Public Pool and/or Spa, and plan to obtain a permit from Environmental Health Services for use as a Public Pool and/or Spa, it is strongly encouraged to consult with an inspector to verify that the pool and/or spa meets eligibility requirements for a commercial pool/spa.


  • Once an inspector has determined that the Public Pool and/or Spa Facility is eligible for health permitting, continue to step 3.

Step 3: Submit Application

Submit a completed Public Pool/Spa Health Permit application form. Please note, health permits are non-transferrable.

Step 4: Pay Health Permit Fee

The permit fee is due with the application. Please refer to the Environmental Health Permit Fee Schedule for more information.

Step 5: Schedule Inspection

Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an inspection of your Public Pool and/or Spa Facility prior to opening for business

Step 6: Await Inspector Approval to Begin Operation

It is unlawful to begin operation of a new Public Pool and/or Spa Facility without first receiving approval from an inspector in addition to a valid Health Permit to Operate.

Once it has been determined that construction and operational compliance is met following an initial inspection, the inspector will grant approval to begin operation.

Ensure that the Public Pool and/or Spa is continually operated and maintained in accordance with Public Pool and/or Spa operational requirements. Operational requirements as well as helpful resource materials are provided below.

This service is available to all businesses wishing to obtain an initial permit or renew a permit to operate a Public Pool and/or Spa Facility within San Luis Obispo County.

Please refer to our Fee Schedule or contact our office at (805) 781-5544.

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Please visit us, email us, contact us, or call our office to begin the process.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Environmental Health Services Supervisors

Environmental Health Services is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

Leslie Terry (805) 781-5553  [email protected]

  • Beach Water Quality, Cross-Connection, Land Use, Small Public Water Systems, Water Well Programs and Vector Programs

Aaron LaBarre (805) 781-5595  [email protected]

  • Body Art, Food Protection, Swimming Pools and Spas

Peter Hague (805) 781-5554  [email protected]

  • Hazardous Materials (CUPA) Programs