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What Operators Need to Know

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Inspection and permit information


Use this checklist to prepare for your inspection.


Use these monitoring log sheets and keep them for at least three years:

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Injury/Illness reporting

Report all injuries or illnesses to the health department within 48 hours. Email completed forms to

Permit requirements

Pools and spas need an annual permit unless properly removed.

Pool and spa safety signs

To prevent injuries, post rules where they are easy to see. Add pictures and symbols for easy understanding.

Create your own pool and spa safety signs.

First-aid kits 

Make sure your first-aid kit is properly stocked with this supplies list.

Have a contamination episode?

Use these fecal incident response guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to properly treat your pool.

Single main drain guidance

If you still have a single main drain, use the single main drain guidelines to make sure you follow state and federal requirements.

Closed for the season?

Pools or spas that won’t open this year need an Inactive Pool/Spa Permit. The fee is $165 a year for each inactive pool or spa. Call (253) 798-4430 or email to change your permit.

Permit fees cover the cost of inspections to make sure pools and spas are secure to prevent drowning.


Email or call (253) 798-4430, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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