The purpose of the swimming pool inspection program is to protect, promote, and preserve the health, safety and general welfare of the public by providing for the establishment and enforcement of minimum standards for safety, cleanliness, and general sanitation for all swimming pools, spa pools, beaches, and public bathing places now in existence or hereafter constructed or developed, and to provide for inspection and licensing of all such facilities.
Johnson County Health and Environment inspects public and semi-public swimming pools, spas, and beaches in cities that have adopted the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. These cities are Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Stilwell, and Westwood. JCDHE has no authority to inspect swimming facilities located in cities not listed here. If you have concerns and your city is not listed, contact your city government.
A copy of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code can be found on our Forms and Fees page
Swimming facilities are inspected year round. There are currently more than 300 public and semi-public swimming facilities that are permitted and inspected in Johnson County. JCDHE performs routine inspections.
Note: Johnson County highly recommends pool operators and owners follow the guidelines in the state Ad Astra plan. Social distancing will be the responsibility of the pool owner.
Submit a complaint or concern using our online complaint form, so our staff can investigate the issue.
Permitting for public or semi-public swimming pools, spas, and bathing beaches covers operation from April 1 to March 31. Every year permit applications are mailed to every facility having a pool, spa and/or wading pool that requires licensure. Every licensed establishment requires supervision by at least one licensed operator.
All public or semi-public swimming pools, pool spas, beaches, or public bathing places must obtain an annual operating permit no later than April 1st of each year. Permit applications are mailed to the facilities by March 1st of each year. Permits are valid for one year and are not transferable to new owners.
If a public or semi-public swimming facility does not renew by April 1st or is found to be operating without a current license, then the facility will be required to pay an amount equal to twice the normal annual permit fee.
If multiple pools are located at different addresses but are considered part of one complex, each pool must submit an application, pay the annual permit fee, and obtain a separate license.
Steps to a Successful Permit or Renewal Process
- Fill out the permit application completely.
- Submit the permit application by mail, along with the correct fee, by April 1st of each year, A separate application and fee is required for pools with different addresses.
- Ensure a currently licensed pool operator is listed on the application.
Things to Remember
Once you've received your permit for the coming year, there are important things to remember to ensure the safety of swimmers.
- If the pool operator changes at any time, notify the Environment Division immediately.
- Prior to opening, make sure the pool, pumps, filters, all safety equipment, signage, and chemicals are ready for use and in operating condition.
- Notify the Environment Division of any changes to the pool or pumps.
- Close the pool if any imminent health, water quality or safety issues are present in the pool.