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.

For further information about public pools, please visit the website for the Minnesota Department of Health.

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 such a facility.

Public swimming pools are inspected yearly under the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 231: Public Swimming Pool Code.

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.

Last updated May 1, 2013