Public Swimming Pools & Spas

All public swimming pools, wading pools, and spas must comply with the North Carolina Administrative Code .2500 Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools.

Operation Permits

All public pools and spas must have an operation permit issued by the Pitt County Health Department prior to opening. Two types of permits are available:
  • An annual operation permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
  • A seasonal permit is issued on or after April 1 and expires on October 31 of that year.


Prior to issuance of a permit for each operation year or season, the owner or operator must submit an application and the required fee to the Environmental Health Office. The application and fee information for public pools and spas can be found on the Forms Library under Public Health.


All public swimming pool operators must be certified by either the National Swimming Pool Association or the American Swimming Pool and Spa Association.

New Construction

If constructing a new public pool or spa, the owner shall submit two complete sets of plans, equipment specification (spec) sheets and plan review fee to the Pitt County Environmental Health office located at 1717 West Fifth Street for review and approval prior to the start of construction. The plans and specifications must be prepared by a Registered Design Professional and constructed by a Swimming Pool Contractor licensed by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.

Construction Deadline

If construction does not begin within one year from the date of approval, the approval is void and the process must begin again.


Remodeling defined as renovations requiring disruption of the majority of the pool shell or deck, changes in the pool profile, or redesign of the pool hydraulic system requires that the owner follow the same process as new construction.