Swimming pools and spas have become standard features in hotels, motels, apartment complexes and subdivisions, as well as many parks and recreation areas. However, swimming can be hazardous due to the numerous diseases that may be transmitted by contaminated water and the dangers associated with diving accidents and falls on wet surfaces. In order to minimize these risks, the Illinois Department of Public Health requires the state's 3,500 swimming pools and spas to meet water quality and safety standards, including engineering design standards that apply to pools, spas, water supplies, bather preparation areas, and water treatment systems. The Department enforces these rules and regulations through plan approvals and inspections. The Department also administers a voluntary certification program for swimming pool operators.
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Due to the high number of swimming facility plans and limited staff, the current waiting period from proper submission to plan review is eight weeks.
Should errors be found in the plans, revision and resubmission will result in another eight-week review period.
To minimize errors, see our fact sheet:
Swimming Facility Act (210 ILCS 125)
Swimming Pool Safety Act (210 ILCS 130)
Maximum Bather Load Sign (PDF)
Pool Regulations Sign (PDF)
No Lifeguard Sign (PDF)Spas
Maximum Spa Load Sign (PDF)
Application for Swimming
Facility License (PDF)
Application for Swimming Facility Construction Permit (PDF)
Drowning Injury Illness Report (PDF)
Special Flood Hazard Area Location Request Form (PDF)
Swimming Facility Prequalification Application for Architects and Professional Engineers (PDF)
Swimming Facility Prequalification Application for Contractors (PDF)
Swimming Facility License Renewal
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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