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COVID-19 Updates: Get the latest public information related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at ReadySLO.org.

Environmental Health Services is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm and serving one customer at a time (plus one additional person for those with a translator or who require physical assistance).  Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting outside and call the office at (805) 781-5544 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/ContactEHS for questions or to coordinate for special arrangements. Please visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/CurrentEHSOperations for current EHS COVID-19 guidance documents or ReadySLO.org.

The Health Agency is actively responding to COVID-19 and continuing to provide other essential services. Please see updates from Animal Services, Behavioral Health, Public Guardian and Public Health

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Environmental Health Supervisors

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

Public Pool / Public Spa Construction Permitting

What is the process?

Step 1: Review Construction Requirements

Step 2: Submit Required Items

Submit the following:

Step 3: Pay Plan Check Fee

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

Step 4: Await response from inspector

Plans must be approved prior to beginning construction. The inspector reviewing the plan will contact you with any additional information or forms that may be required, revisions needed, or when your plan is approved.

Step 5: Schedule Inspections

Several inspections are required during Public Pool and/or Spa construction. Failure to schedule all required inspections may result in costly corrections and an overall delay in receiving final approval to begin use of the Public Pool and/or Spa.

  1. Pre-gunnite inspection
    • Approval must be granted following a pre-gunnite inspection prior to continuing construction.
  2. Pre-plaster inspection
    • Approval must be granted following a pre-plaster inspection prior to continuing construction.
  3. Opening inspection

Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule the inspections.

Step 6: Await Inspector Approval to Begin Use

It is unlawful to begin use of a new or remodeled Public Pool and/or Spa 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 completion of construction and opening inspections, 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.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to all businesses wishing to begin construction or modification of a public pool or spa within the County of San Luis Obispo.

Is there a charge for this service?

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

When and where is this service offered?

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 Supervisors

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