Recreation Licensing & Inspections
Public Swimming Pools & Spas
HCHD licenses and inspects public swimming pools, and spas to ensure safe and sanitary conditions at these facilities. Prior to the issuance of an initial license and annually thereafter, the Division of Environmental Health Services will inspect each public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool to determine whether or not the pool or spa is in compliance with Chapter 3749 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 3701-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The Division of Environmental Health Services may inspect a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool at any other time if deemed necessary. A Division of Environmental Health Services staff member will conduct the initial inspection within five days from the date of receipt of notification that the public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool is ready for operation.
No person shall construct or install, or renovate or otherwise substantially alter a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool until the plans for the pool or spa have been submitted to and approved by the Ohio Department of Health. The plans and approval process does not apply to repairs or ordinary maintenance that do not substantially affect the manner of water re-circulation or basic design of the public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool.
Swimming pools are tested for chlorine or other disinfectant levels, ph, total alkalinity, cyanuric acid, water clarity, and other parameters. Facilities are also checked to make sure all equipment is operating properly, required safety equipment is present. Summer pools are usually checked monthly during the operating season. Indoor pools are checked less often, but throughout the entire year.
How To Obtain a Pool License
To begin the plan review process, the owner/operator must submit an application for plan review, all pertinent project-related information and plan review application fee to the Ohio Department of Health. An Application for Plan Review is available from the link we have listed below. Upon completion of the plan verification inspections by the Ohio Department of Health, the owner/operator can obtain a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool license application in person, by contacting the Division of Environmental Health Services. A license to operate will be issued by the Division of Environmental Health Services upon receipt of a completed license application and license fee.
Recreational vehicle parks, recreation camps (campgrounds), combined park-camps, and temporary park-camps in Ohio are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3729 of the Ohio Revised Code. Campgrounds/parks in Holmes County must be licensed to operate by the Holmes County Health Department. HCHD inspects campgrounds for insect and rodent control, solid waste management, proper sewage treatment facilities, safe water (if provided) and clean, maintained buildings and structures.
How To Obtain A Temporary Park-Camp License
Temporary park-camps are meant to be used for a period of time not to exceed a total of twenty-one days per calendar year for the purpose of parking five or more recreational vehicles, dependent recreational vehicles or portable camping units or any combination thereof on a tract of land. Temporary park-camps can be operated for one or more periods of time that do not exceed seven consecutive days.
Individuals intending to operate a temporary park-camp must obtain a license to operate the temporary park-camp from the Division of Environmental Health Services at any time before operating the temporary park-camp during the calendar year. Written application for the license must be made no less than seven days prior to the date the temporary park-camp is intended to open for business. A license application can be obtained in person, by contacting the Division of Environmental Health Services or by filling out the form found at the ODH website linked below.
Plans for a temporary park-camp shall be submitted to the Division of Environmental Health Services for review and approval at least fifteen days prior to the opening of the temporary park-camp. Plans shall include the items listed in paragraphs (C)(1) to (C)(3) and (D)(1) to (D)(11) of OAC 3701-26-02, except that the applicant is required to submit only two sets of plans. Occasionally, additional information may be required to be submitted as part of the review process. For your convenience we have attached the link below,
Please contact the Environmental Health Division at 330-674-8422