A public swimming pool includes any pool, other than a private residential pool, operated by any person whether the person is an owner, lessee, operator, or concessionaire.
Pools include swimming pools, spa pools (hot tubs), water parks, plunge pools with flume slides, therapy pools, wave pools, splash pads and interactive water features. Public pools are those located in parks, schools, licensed child care facilities, Home Owners Associations, group homes, motels, camps, resorts, apartment buildings, clubs, condominiums and hotels or any licensed lodging facility.
In Minneapolis, public swimming pools are required to be licensed. Prior to the operation of any public swimming pool, the owner or operator is required to file an application with Minneapolis Business Licensing for a license to operate a pool.
Download a copy of the Minneapolis pool chemical concentration chart here.
Trained operator required
Minnesota State Pool Code requires every public pool have a designated trained operator (or designated alternate trained operator) responsible for the direct 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 here.
- 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.
Reporting a complaint
Any concerns of unsanitary appearance or other conditions in the operation of a public swimming pool which may constitute a substantial hazard to the public health can be reported online to the Minneapolis Health Department or by calling 311.
Public swimming pools are inspected yearly under the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 231: Public Swimming Pool Code.
For further information about public pools, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Last updated Oct 5, 2015