Fire Marshal Permit Requirements for Public Pools & Waterparks
NOTICE TO SEASONAL POOLS & WATERPARKS
The Office of the Fire Marshal would like to remind all owners, operators, and managers of seasonal pools and waterparks to apply for or renew a Fire Prevention Code Permit (FPCP) prior to the opening of the pool or waterpark. Permit applications should be completed and submitted to the Office of the Fire Marshal prior to the dispensing and handling of hazardous materials (pool chemicals) and operation of the pool or waterpark.
Section 108.1 of the Fire Prevention Code (as amended by Fairfax County), requires all public pools and waterparks (commercial, community, and municipaly owned facilities) to obtain a Fire Prevention Code Permit (FPCP) for the dispensing and handling of hazardous materials (pool chemicals). This permit requirement does not apply to privately owned pools at single-family dwellings.
All permit fees must be paid at the time of permit application prior to the opening of the pool or waterpark. Record the following permit information on the FPCP Application (PDF):
- Decsription: Swimming Pool Chemical Dispensing Operation
- Type: F3POOL
- Fee: $125
Information about all permit (FPCP) requirements and permit fees can be referenced in the publication Fire Prevention Code Permit (FPCP) Requirements & Fees (PDF).
The issuance of this permit will include a safety inspection of the chemical storage and dispensing areas, pool area, and the pool house. After permit fees are paid, please call 703-246-4849, TTY 711 (extension "0") to schedule your permit inspection.
To learn more about the Fire Prevention Code requirements related to the dispensing, storage, and use of common swimming pool chemicals (i.e., corrosive liquids and oxidizers) at water recreation facilities such as public swimming pools and waterparks, as well as the fire safety requirements common to water recreation facilities and the roles and responsibilities of pool operators and life guards, check out the following publication:
Questions regarding Fire Prevention Code requirements and the
permitting process for public pools and waterparks should be
directed to 703-246-4849, TTY 711.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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