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Public Swimming Pools


Swimming pools are directed to follow applicable CDC guidance and best practice recommendations from relevant national pool organizations, see:

Guidance for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Old Orders

Swimming Pools Quick Guide

MDH Full Order 6/10/2020

MDH Full Order 5/27/2020


All pools are required to posts signs:

  • Telling patrons not to enter if sick
  • Post handwashing reminders
  • Cover your cough reminders
  • Post reminders to shower before entering pools

MDH prepared signs are available here.


We will be collecting the normal fee in 2021.


We still require the following to be submitted to our office before a pre-opening inspection can be scheduled.

  1. Application to Operate Swimming Pool or Spa
  2. Workers’ Compensation form for the 2020 swimming season
  3. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Affidavit for Maryland Public Pools and Spas

We cannot process incomplete applications; therefore, it is imperative that the forms be filled out completely and accurately. Please be advised that under the regulations, a certified operator must be present whenever the pool is in use.  Many of the local Community Colleges offer Operator Certification and refresher courses. Courses are also available online, we have provided a link below.

To schedule your pre-opening inspection for the pool, please contact your usual inspector Mike Ash, Richard Brace or Ryan Spisak at (410) 876-1884 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A guideline is available below to help you prepare for your inspection. The staff that processes applications and the inspectors have been reassigned to other duties during the COVID-19 pandemic and they have very limited availability. If your facility is unable to pass an inspection it may be some time before the inspector can get back to your facility.

Please remember that you must always contact the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) at (410) 767-8416 before making any alterations or repairs to a pool or spa.  MDH will then advise you whether you must submit plans of the proposed project for their review before a construction permit can be issued to begin the job.

Thank you for your assistance.  We look forward to working with you to ensure a safe and healthy pool season.


Richard Brace, L.E.H.S.

Supervisor, Water Quality

The Carroll County Health Department inspects all public swimming pools. These facilities can operate seasonally or year round. Public pools are licensed by the Health Department in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 10.17.01

New Construction Alteration and Improvement

The owner of a public swimming pool or spa must submit complete and detailed plans and specifications when constructing or altering the pool or spa or when replacing components. A construction, alteration or replacement permit is issued following approval of plans by the Maryland Department of Health.

Center for Healthy Homes and Community Services

Certified Pool Operators

The State of Maryland requires every public pool to have a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) on duty who is responsible for the safety, health, and maintenance of the pool/spa operations. The following are the requirements for a CPO (COMAR
  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must complete a 14-hour approved public pool/spa operator course with a minimum grade of 70%            or better; or
  • Present proof of previous certification and completed an approved 4 hour refresher course; or
  • Pass a challenge exam offered by the Secretary
Upon completion of the approved course, a Pool/Spa Operator Certification Card is issued by the Carroll County Health Department


The Carroll County Health Department strives to ensure swimmers are safe and healthy. If you have a complaint please call us at (410) 876-1884.


CDC Healthy Swimming Fecal Incident Response Recommendations

Pre-opening Guidelines