Rockingham County Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Social Services
Susan Young, BSN,RN
Interim Health Director
Public Swimming Pools & Spas

The 2021 Pool Season is Here! 

COVID-19 Guidance- Interim Guidance for Public Pools and Spas:

Public Pools and Spas are REQUIRED to:

  1. Limit the user capacity in the pool to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy as determined by fire code (when fire code number is not known, maximum occupancy can be calculated as 33 people per 1,000 square feet in deck areas, wading pools and splash pads), AND a maximum occupancy in the water of 10 people per 1,000 square feet, AND ensure sufficient social distancing with at least 6-foot separation between family units.
  2. Post the reduced “Emergency Maximum Capacity” of both the pool enclosure and the water in a noticeable place. Sign templates are available in English and Spanish on NC DHHS COVID-19 response site.
  3. Post signage reminding people about social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others). Know Your Ws sign templates are available in English and Spanish on NC DHHS COVID-19 response site.

All seasonal public swimming pools must apply for their operational permits and pass an evaluation for a permit prior to opening for the 2021 season.

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Rockingham County Environmental Health locally enforces the North Carolina state rules ( 15NCAC 18A .2500) which govern the sanitation and operation of public swimming pools and spas.  The term "public swimming pool" means an artificial body of water used by the public for swimming, diving, wading, recreation, or therapy. The term includes municipal, school, hotel, motel, apartment, athletic clubs, and other pools and spas. 

Application for Swimming Pool Operational Permit
Pool Drain Safety Compliance Form (PDSC)
2021 Swimming Pool Operation Permit Checklist
2021 Swimming Pool Memorandum
2021 Pump Identification with Pump Curves
2021 VGB Approved Drain Covers and Equalizer Covers

Chlorine Pump Interlock Safety



All Seasonal Public Swimming Pools in Rockingham County must apply for their annual permits every year before opening each season.  Public Pools that are open year-round are required to apply for their annual permits every 12 months. Applications must be submitted along with the $150 permit fee before a permit will be issued. Environmental Health Specialists inspect each pool before issuing a permit to determine if minimum safety and construction standards have met as required by North Carolina state rules ( 15A NCAC 18A  .2500).



The following items must be in compliance before a permit can be issued:


  • water chemistry (pH, disinfection, alkalinity, calcium hardness and cyanuric acid)
  • temperature
  • construction standards such as fencing, deck, ladders, steps, lighting
  • life saving equipment such as body hooks, ring buoys, emergency telephone
  • warning signs on decks such as depth markings, no diving signs
  • pool circulation system (pump & filters)
  • suction hazards



Public Swimming Pools are inspected at least once a year if seasonal or twice a year if open year-round. Pools may be inspected more frequently if necessary and permits can be suspended at any time for failure to meet minimum safety standards such as water quality and suction hazards.





If you have concerns about the sanitation at a facility, speak with management first.  If you still have concerns, feel free to contact our office at (336)342-8130 or fill out the on line complaint form. 

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