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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. Before operating 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 Health Department pool chemical concentration chart.

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: 

Linda 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

[email protected]


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 [email protected] 651-201-4503 

Pool logs

Daily log Water Quality Report form (PDF)

Weekly log (link to Minnesota Dept of Health form)

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 Oct 3, 2018



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