Water Recreation Facility Construction Permit

Expect longer review times. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have limited access to our office and limited capacity to conduct reviews of construction permit applications. It will take longer than usual to process applications. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

For new construction or modification of an existing Water Recreation Facility for the public (swimming pool, spa, wading pool, spray feature, water park, or water feature), you will need to obtain a permit. Who you get the permit application from depends upon which county the construction is occurring.

Note: This permit is not for single-family residential home pools. Contact your county or city building department to see what you need for building a pool at your home.

Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, or Spokane County

For facilities in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, or Spokane County, you need to contact and get a permit application from their local health department.

All Other Counties

For all other Water Recreation Facilities outside the counties listed above, follow the instructions below. Make sure to include all three parts.

Note on Time Sensitive Projects: Reviewing a complete application package for new construction or modification of an existing Water Recreation Facility or Recreational Water Contact Facility may take up to 30 days or longer. Please submit applications well in advance of your construction date.

Note on Innovative and Unconventional Projects: If you plan to construct a Water Park or Water Feature, schedule a pre-design meeting with our Water Recreation staff before you develop your detailed plan.

Part 1

Fee Submittal Form (Word)

Mail this completed form and fee payment to: WA Department of Health, Office of Financial Services, PO Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Make check payable to: WA DOH Water Recreation

For more information on fees, see the Fee Policy (PDF).

Part 2

Plan Submittal and Construction Certification Form (Word)

Mail this completed form with specifications and applicable plan details (see Part 3) to: WA Department of Health, Water Recreation Program, 101 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

Part 3

Review the Plan Details below. Complete the Plan Detail checklists that apply to your facility and include them with your plans in Part 2. Incomplete applications may delay the review process.

Plan Details

Swimming Pool Plan Detail (PDF)

Spa Pool Plan Detail (PDF)

Wading Pool Plan Detail (PDF)

Spray Feature Plan Detail (PDF)

Water Park Facility and Water Features Plan Detail (PDF)

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Content Source: Water Recreation Program