Public Swimming Pools and Spas
In Jefferson County, Alabama, there are approximately eighty public swimming pools open year-
round. Starting in May and June each year, an additional five hundred public swimming pools
open for the summer swim season. Public swimming pools include community pools, condominium pools,
apartment pools, YMCA pools, hotel pools, spa pools, etc.
Public swimming pools, whether open for the entire year or just for the summer season, receive
at least one inspection per month by inspectors for the Jefferson County Department of Health.
Based upon the type of public swimming pool and its condition, the inspector either grades the
pool with a number grade based on a scale of 0-100 or gives them a pass/fail status.
The Jefferson County Department of Health has been involved in the construction of public
swimming pools in Jefferson County, Alabama, since the early 1950s. Plans for the construction
of a public swimming pool must be submitted to the Jefferson County Department of Health for
review by the Public Health Engineer for compliance with the Jefferson County Board of Health's
Swimming Pool Regulations. Once the plans are approved, inspections are made to determine
that the swimming pool is being constructed according to the approved plans. After completion,
an operational permit is issued for the public swimming pool and the pool is inspected monthly for
proper operation. Print out a Pool/Spa Operational Report to complete.
Periodically, the Jefferson County Department of Health teaches the Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
course sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. This intensive course is
designed to train swimming pool operators in every facet of operating a public swimming pool in a
safe and healthful manner.
If you have questions or concerns about a public swimming pool in Jefferson County or need
information about the next scheduled CPO course, please call the Jefferson County Department
of Health at 205.930.1230.