Fire Marshal Permit Requirements for Public Pools & Waterparks


Typical Community Pool

Operational Permit Required

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 an operational permit (i.e., Fire Prevention Code Permit or 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 municipally owned water recreational facilities) to obtain a Fire Prevention Code Permit (FPCP) for the dispensing and handling of hazardous materials (pool chemicals). This operational 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: $156

Information about all operational permit (FPCP) requirements and permit fees can be referenced in the publication Fire Prevention Code Permit Requirements (PDF).

Inspection Required

The issuance of this operational permit will include a safety inspection of the chemical storage and dispensing areas, pool area, pool house, and pump room. Each pool operator should review the details in the current swimming pool chemicals (PDF) safety publication each year to be ready for a successful inspection. Inspections of seasonal facilities are done with a concentrated effort to get to all locations as soon as possible after the Memorial Day holiday.

Learn More

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:

Swimming Pool Chemicals (PDF)

Questions regarding Fire Prevention Code requirements, the permitting process, and inspection requests for public pools and waterparks should be directed to the Fire Inspections Branch at 703-246-4849, TTY 711.

Other County Agencies

The following county agencies also regulate the operation of public pools and waterparks and have specific responsibilities and roles to ensure the safety and health of staff and swimmers.

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Telephone: 703-246-4800
Fax: 703-246-6040
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