Swimming Pool Information


Governor Abbott has determined that swimming pools may open on May 8.  Pools must still obtain a pool permit prior to opening.   The Garland Health Department will begin conducting pool inspections on May 6.  Only one non-symptomatic representative from each establishment may be present at the inspection.  Social distancing will be practiced.   


The goal of the City of Garland public swimming pool inspection program is to ensure that all public and semi-public swimming pools maintain sanitary chemical balance and adhere to the pool safety ordinance to minimize the likelihood of waterborne disease outbreaks and submersion injuries.


Each public and semi-public swimming pool and spa must obtain a valid permit to operate in the City of Garland. The permit fee for each swimming pool or spa is $200. If the swimming pool or spa is operated by a governmental agency, independent school district, non-profit agency, church, or homeowner association (HOA), the permit fee is waived.

No swimming pool or spa can open until a complete inspection has been conducted, the pool or spa is 100% in compliance, and the health permit has been issued by the Environmental Health Specialist (EHS). To contact an EHS concerning your swimming pool, please contact the Health Department at 972-205-3460.


Section 22.95(A) of the Garland Code of Ordinances requires that each swimming pool and spa must have a registered pool operator as follows:

  1. Any person who operates a public or semi-public pool or spa shall employ at least one person who has a valid and current registered pool operator certification issued by the director.
  2. A person is in compliance with the provisions of this section if there is one employee on the premises who is responsible for maintenance of any pools present on the premises who has a valid and current registered pool operator certification; provided, that semi-public pools owned by homeowner associations or maintained by off-premises management companies may utilize pool maintenance companies whose field employees are certified registered pool operators.

           **NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the April 15 and May 20 Pool Operator Classes have been cancelled.  The June 10 and August 5 classes will be held via Zoom.  Call 972-205-3460 to reserve and prepay.  


Each pool inspection performed will result in a recheck inspection, if any violations of this article remain uncorrected at the conclusion of the initial evaluation. The first follow-up inspection will be performed at no cost to the swimming pool operator. Any subsequent follow-up inspections will result in the assessment of a $25 fee. 

The follow-up inspection fee must be paid prior to recheck inspection being conducted. When an initial evaluation reveals that no violations of this article exist, the person who operates the swimming pool or spa shall be credited $25 toward the next annual permit fee.