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2020 public swimming pool guidelines

Notice to Public Pool Operators: Updated State of Texas guidelines for opening public pools

The State of Texas began allowing public swimming pools to open on May 8. Here’s a quick reminder from Code Compliance regarding a few requirements needed in order to open:

  • Public pools, which include apartment complexes, homeowners associations and fitness center pools, must have a valid health permit to operate.
  • In accordance with the GA-26, only 50% of the listed occupancy is allowed for indoor pools, and outdoor pools are limited to 50% of normal operating limits as determined by the pool operator. These amounts do not include staff necessary to operation of the facility. For indoor pools, the occupancy limit for the pool facility can be found on the signage placed in the pool enclosure. Pool operators, or their designee, should ensure that their facility can comply with the governor’s restrictions.
  • Consider requiring that all visitors follow social distancing practices.
  • If the pool was closed last season due to health or safety violations, it must receive a re-inspection before it can be open to the public. Call 817-392-7255 to schedule an appointment.
  • It is strongly recommended that all pool chemicals are at the proper levels for adequate disinfection.
  • Review minimum standard health protocols to guide you through the pool season.

This basic course covers water chemistry, filtration and recirculation; state and local regulations; water-borne diseases; and pool safety and water testing. This one-day course is required for people responsible for operating and managing class C, D and E public swimming pools and spas. Operators and managers of competitive and municipal pools and spas (class A and B) must have a five-year Certified Pool Operators (CPO) certificate. After successfully completing the course, operators are issued a certificate valid for three years.

Course registration fee: $65 per participant. Class is limited to 38 participants. Pre-registration is required.


2020 class schedule

  • June 4
  • June 18 – Spanish
  • June 25
  • July 16 - Spanish
  • July 23
  • Aug. 6
  • Aug. 20 -Spanish

Times: Check-in for all classes begins at 8 a.m. Class and exam are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 818 Missouri Ave.


Our pool operator instructors are certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundations. Combined, the instructors have a total of 13 years of inspection experience.

Why do you need training?

Swimming pool and spa operators are obligated to provide clean and safe facilities for public use. Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Diseases can be spread by swimming in unsanitized water. Proper training is essential to the safe operation of a pool.

The City of Fort Worth and some other cities under the Tarrant County Health Department jurisdiction require pool operator training for operators/managers of public pools. This certificate is good for three years and must be posted with the pool permit. This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals working with: apartments/condos, hotels/motels, health clubs and country clubs.

Any pool or spa closed for health and/or safety reasons shall remain closed until a $125 re-inspection fee is paid for each body of water closed.

Class materials

Please bring these items to the class with you:

  • Battery or solar calculator
  • Pen/pencil, notebook/legal pad
  • Pool test kit (DPD titration preferred)
  • Your pool’s dimensions and equipment list.

Mail a completed registration form with the check to:

Fort Worth Code Compliance Department ATTN: Consumer Health Division 818 Missouri Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104


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Office Location

Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods
818 Missouri Ave.
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P.O. Box 99005
Fort Worth, TX 76199-0005

Phone: 817-392-7255
Fax: 817-392-3713

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

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