There are many types of swimming pool permit applications and choosing the right one depends on what you want to do. You will need a permit to Construct a Public Swimming Pool, to Modify an Existing Public Swimming Pool, or to Operate a Public Swimming Pool.

If you are constructing a public swimming pool you will need to submit a completed Swimming Pool Construction Permit Application with at least two sets of plans that include a pool plumbing schematic with equipment details, specification sheets for the pool equipment, a bathhouse plan, a subdivision/community plat, and a layout of the amenity area, along with a completed Hydraulic Analysis Worksheet.

For a modification or renovation of an existing public swimming pool, you will need to submit a completed Modification Permit Application detailing all changes associated with the project and supporting documentation (i.e., cut sheets of the equipment, construction materials, etc.).

An Operational Permit Application must be completed for newly constructed public swimming pools as well as those that have changed ownership to initiate the process of obtaining an operational permit.  A valid operational permit is required before a public swimming pool can be opened for use.  Public swimming pools that operate seasonally (i.e., opening and closing sometime between April 1 and October 31) must receive a passing inspection from our department before opening each year.

Note: Applicants for new swimming pool operational permits must fully complete a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application before a permit can be issued.  For newly constructed pools, the swimming pool operational permit application and residency verification affidavit must be submitted, and the inspection fee must be paid before a final construction inspection can be scheduled.

Applications and Forms

Forward the original copy of the application, three (3) sets of plans (new and renovated pools only), a local contact person’s name and phone number, and the appropriate fee to:

Cobb Public Health
Center for Environmental Health
1738 County Services Pkwy
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 435-7815

Forward the original copy of the application, three (3) sets of plans (new and renovated pools only), a local contact person’s name and phone number, and the appropriate fee to:

Douglas Public Health
Center for Environmental Health
8700 Hospital Drive, 1st Floor
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7311


CDC Fecal Incident and Outbreak Response – Click on the link to the left, then scroll down and click on Fecal Incident Response and Hyperchlorination to Kill Crypto Guidelines for specific pool treatment information.

Vomit and Blood Contamination of Pool Water

Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces

General Requirements 

All swimming pools under the jurisdiction of Cobb & Douglas Public Health are required to have an operable, hard-wired, weatherproof telephone, with direct 911 access or capability.  The emergency phone must be installed in a conspicuous location, and it must always be available to bathers and pool staff.  A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” must be posted by the emergency phone.  Directions to the phone’s location must be conspicuously posted if the telephone is not readily visible within the pool area.

It is also extremely important that pool emergency phones have their location verified with 911 operators.  An unverified emergency phone may have the address of an adjacent property associated with its phone number, which could result in unnecessary delays from emergency medical technicians (EMTs).  A verified emergency phone number will let the 911 operator know that an emergency situation is occurring at your swimming pool and assure that EMTs can arrive as quickly as possible.

Cell Phones 

Because cell phones are not usually at a fixed location, are not provided with a continuous power supply, and do not provide accurate caller location information to 911 operators, they do not serve as a reliable device for seeking assistance in the event of an emergency. For this reason, it has been the policy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health to prohibit the use of cell phones as an emergency phone for a swimming pool.


  • Pool rules (in minimum 1-inch letters) posted at or near the pool’s entrance shall state the following: