Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds

Public swimming pools are regulated under Subpart 6-1 of the New York State Sanitary Code and recreational aquatic spray grounds under Subpart 6-3. This means they must meet specific health and safety requirements and are permitted and inspected by local health departments.

When Visiting a Public Pool, Spa, Hot Tub, or Spray Ground

  • Pay attention to safety signs, rules, and depth markings at the facility.
  • Rinse off before swimming.
  • Avoid swimming if water is cloudy or discolored. You should always be able to see the drain at the bottom of a swimming pool.
  • Always supervise children, even at a facility with lifeguards.
  • Take children on frequent bathroom breaks and change diapers in the bathhouse.
  • Don’t drink pool water or water from spray features.
  • Don't use facilities if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Pay attention to special warnings at spas and hot tubs, especially for small children and people with certain medical conditions.
  • Never swim in a public pool if it’s closed.

Information for Pool Owners

Pool safety at home should be a priority. Take steps so that you don’t put yourself or others at risk.

  • Ensure your pool is inaccessible to children unless an adult is directly supervising them.
  • Follow New York State Uniform Code requirements for proper fencing, pool alarms, and anti-entrapment drain covers, as well as any other applicable local regulations.
  • Remember your pool chemical safety.
  • If you are not renting out your entire home, don’t rent out your backyard pool unless you’ve obtained a public pool permit from your local health department.