Division of Environmental Health

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our Environmental Health Services office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-246-2444
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Pieter A. Sheehan, REHS,
Director, Division of Environmental Health

Swimming Pool Codes and Permits

Outdoor pool with 11 swimmers in itFairfax County Health Department inspects hundreds of public and community pool facilities annually and issues water recreational facilities permits (pool permits).

The Health Department does not issue permits for or inspect private residential pools, spas and hot tubs. Please visit Land Development Services' Building Permits page for more information about permits for residential pools.

Pool Code

Resources for Pool Operators

The following resources are designed to assist pool operators in meeting code requirements:

Pool Permits

Apply for or Renew a Pool Permit or Update a Change of Ownership/Facility Address in Person, by Fax or by Email

Pool owners and management companies cannot apply for a Water Recreational Facilities Permit for a new facility or renew a permit for a facility that has a new owner or address without first obtaining a Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) from the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration. Please call 703-246-2201, TTY 711 for more information about beginning the pool permit application process.

  1. Download, fill out and print an application:
  2. Submit an original copy of Electrical Inspection Report and Certification. (The Health Department cannot issue a Water Recreation Facilities Permit until after an Electrical Inspection Report and Certification for each individual pool/water feature has been submitted to the Health Department.)
  3. Submit the application in one of the following ways:
    • In person at the Health Department Administration and Environmental Health Services building located at 10777 Main Street, Suite 102, Fairfax, VA 22030.
    • Fax: 703-653-9448.
    • Email: hdehd@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Renew a Pool Permit Online

Before proceeding with the online application for pool permit renewal:

  • Renewing a pool permit online requires online payment by e-check or credit card. (2.5% convenience fee or $1 minimum for credit card transactions.)
  • If the pool facility has (1) a change of owner name or address or (2) a change of facility name or address, you cannot complete an online renewal. Instead, please call 703-246-2201, TTY 711.
  • Before proceeding with the online pool permit application, you will need the following information:
    • Invoice number and permit number (printed on your renewal invoice).
    • Pool management company information (name, address, phone, email).
    • Pool Facility Owner's name, address, phone number to verify correct information.
    • Certified Pool Operator information including cell phone number.
    • Details about pool facility, such as name of facility and operation hours.
    • Original copy of Electrical Inspection Report and Certification. (The Health Department cannot issue a Water Recreation Facilities Permit until after an Electrical Inspection Report and Certification for each individual pool/water feature has been submitted to the Health Department.)
    • Verification that all items on the pre-opening checklist have been completed.

Fees

Resources