Frequently Asked Questions - Public Swimming Pools
Q - Can I use a cordless phone as my emergency phone?
A - Yes. The phone must be connected to the charger at all times, including when the pool is closed but filled with water. This ensures that if an emergency were to occur, the phone is fully charged.
Q - Is an equipment replacement notification (ERN) permit needed for replacing a flow meter?
A - No. An ERN is not needed to change out a flow meter. It must be installed per the manufacturer’s specifications.
Q - My pool is private and only members can swim. Do I need a license to operate as a public swimming pool?
A - Yes. Only pools located on personal property at 1, 2, or 3 family dwellings and used by the families and their non-paying guests are considered private.
Q - How long do I need to keep my testing records?
A - Records shall be kept on file for not less than two years and shall be made available, upon request, for review by the licensor or the director.
Q - Can I keep electronic testing records?
A - Yes. The records shall be kept for not less than two years and shall be made available, upon request, for review by the licensor or the director.
Q - Do I need approval by ODH to paint my pool?
A - No. However, you must use a color that is approved by the ODH Director. Approved pool paint colors can be found on the web at: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/public-swimming-pools/forms/approved-interior-surface-colors
Q - Do I need ODH approval to put a vinyl liner in my pool?
A - No. However, you must use a color that is approved by the ODH Director. Approved vinyl liners can be found on the web at: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/public-swimming-pools/forms/approved-interior-surface-colors
Q - I used a paint or vinyl liner that is not on the approved list. Can I submit it for review?
A - No. The manufacturer of the paint or vinyl liner must be the one submitting their product for review by the Director.
Q - Can I turn off my pool pump and only run it part of the day?
A - No. The pump must run 24 hours a day during all parts of the year while the pool is in operation. This ensures adequate disinfection and filtration of your pool water.
Q - Can I take down the rope separating the shallow end from the deep end for lap swimming?
A - Yes. The safety line may be temporarily removed to prevent interference with lap swimming and other aquatic activities.