A public swimming pool includes any pool operated by a person who is an owner, lessee, operator, or concessionaire. A a private residential pool is not a public swimming pool.
- Swimming pools
- Spa pools (hot tubs)
- Water parks
- Plunge pools with flume slides
- Therapy pools
- Wave pools
- Splash pads
- Interactive water features
Public pools can be in:
- Apartment buildings
- Hotels and motels
- Any licensed lodging business
In Minneapolis, public swimming pools are required to be licensed. Before operating any public swimming pool, the owner or operator is required to file an application to operate a swimming pool with Minneapolis Business Licensing.
Download a copy of the Minneapolis Health Department pool chemical concentration chart. (PDF)
Water Quality log (PDF)
Trained operator required
Minnesota State Pool Code requires every public pool have a designated trained operator or alternate. The operator (or alternate) is responsible for the operation of the pool whenever the pool is open for use.
The trained operator is responsible for:
- The daily operation of the pool
- Ensuring required testing is completed
- Maintaining testing records
- Responding to an emergency
- Responding to unsafe and unsanitary conditions at any time the pool is open
- Assure other people who assist with chemical monitoring and pool equipment operation are trained for those functions
A public pool must be closed immediately when:
- The lifesaving equipment is not provided
- The water clarity standards are not met (bottom drain must be easily visible from the pool surface)
- The disinfection residuals are not met. Refer to the Minneapolis pool chemical concentration chart
- The pool has been constructed or physically altered without approval of plans
- There is any condition that endangers the health and safety of the public
Report a complaint
Conditions of a public pool which may be a hazard to public health can be reported to the Minneapolis Health Department. Hazards include unsanitary appearance or other conditions.
Report complaints online or by calling 311 (612-673-3000).
Public swimming pools are inspected yearly under the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 231: Public Swimming Pool Code.
Find more information about public pools, on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
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Last updated Aug 14, 2019