Potential Agency Request Legislation
The department is considering agency request legislation (2025 legislative session) to align chapter 70.90 RCW with the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code. Learn more about this potential agency request legislation and provide input in this process!
Washington State Law
Washington State Regulations
Most of these rules pertain to the construction and maintenance of regulated recreational water facilities such as swimming pools, spas, water parks, and wading pools. Regulated facilities include pools at athletic or private clubs, municipal or park facilities, hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, mobile home parks, RV parks, and homeowner association communities. Single-family homes are not regulated by these rules but must follow city or county building code requirements.
Floatation System Guidelines
Barrier Design - Guidelines for Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas (PDF) – Preventing unauthorized people from gaining access to pools and spas is a key component in drowning prevention.
Designated Swim Area Guidelines
Washington State Designated Swim Area Guidelines (PDF) – Guidance for designated open water swim areas developed by Seattle Children's Hospital and the Department of Health.
More Guidelines and Resources
Single Main Drains - Guidelines for Pools (PDF) – Guidelines to meet state and federal requirements. Entrapment accidents can be prevented by applying current design standards.
Resources for Pool Operators and Builders
Content Source: Water Recreation Program