Swimming Pools or Spas
What is the Definition of a Public or Semi-public Pool?
Pools are located in Chapter 15, Article VIII of the City Code.
Per City Code, a public pool is defined as:
Public swimming pool is any swimming pool, spa or sauna which is open to the general public.
A semi-public swimming pool is: (1) Any privately owned swimming pool or spa which is open to the general public for a fee; or (2) Any swimming or wading pool, spa or sauna, serving a private club, motel, hotel, apartment building, school, child care facility, recreational or physical fitness facility, institution, home owner's association, or other similar activity or structure, the use of which is limited to members, residents, students, or clients and their guests.
Who is Required to have a Pool License?Any public or semi-public swimming pool or spa located in the City limits including: gyms/health clubs/spas, hotels/motels, homeowner’s association pools, hospital/physical therapy centers, and any other commercial property. County commercial pools or spas are exempt from fees but must apply for a license and be inspected prior to opening for business. County and City commercial pools will be reinspected annually unless there is a complaint, in which case there will be a complaint investigation. City-owned property is licensed and inspected, but are exempt from fees.
Exemptions from Licensing:ALL private residential pools and hot tubs/Jacuzzis/spas in the City or County ARE EXEMPT.
What are the State Laws Regarding Pools or Spas?Visit the State of Texas site for details.
How Do I Record a Complaint about a Public or Semi-public Pool or Spa?If you have a complaint about a public or semi-public swimming pool or spa, call us at 207-8853 or email email@example.com.
Where are the City Pools?
Click here for the list of City pools operated by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Bexar County Pools and Spas
Bexar County derives its code regarding public and semi-public pools and spas directly from the State. Metro Health provides inspection and enforcement of these regulations on behalf of the County.
What are the Basic Guidelines for Pools and Spas?Click here for the basic guidelines regarding pool regulations.
How Do I Handle a Fecal Matter Accident in my Pool?Click here for the latest guidelines from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.
Other Useful Links:
American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Aquatic safety
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
Texas Public Pool Council
National Swimming Pool Foundation
Chlorine Chemistry Council