Health Department

Food, Lodging & Pools
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415


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

Pool Code proposed changes

The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking comments for possible amendments to the Public Pool Rules, Chapter 4717. Comments should be submitted by April 25, 2017. 

The department is considering rule amendments that govern public pools including operator training, pool user capacity, disinfection residual, use of cyanuric acid, rate of flow indicator, skimmers, lighting, signs, pool closure and other related items that may surface during the rulemaking process as time permits. 

´╗┐Link to the the Rule with suggested changes.

Instructions for submitting comments:

For written or oral comments, questions, requests to receive a draft of the rule revisions and requests for more information on the possible rule revisions contact: 

Lind d. Prail, Policy and Rules Analyst
Food, Pools, and Lodging Services Section
Environmental Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health
Freeman Building
625 Robert Street
PO 649752 
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Technical questions on the rule revision amendments may be directed to: 

Steve Klemm, P.E.
Public Health Engineer
Food, Pools, Lodging Services Section
Environmental Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health
Freeman Building
625 Robert Street
PO 64975
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0975

Make a Splash grants

Interested organizations can apply to become a Make a Splash Local Partner here and upon approval, submit for as much as $5,000 in grant funding. Grant applications are due March 8. A committee will review applications and award funding March 22.  

According to a USA Swimming Foundation study, 70 percent of African American, 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino, and more than 40 percent of Caucasians have little to no swimming ability. 

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. 

To learn more visit the USA Swimming Foundation website. 

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:


A public pool must be closed immediately when:

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.

Annual inspection

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 Mar 3, 2017



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