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New Pool Regulations

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October 08, 2010

As of October 8, 2010, the new provincial Pool Regulation replaces the Swimming Pool, Spray Pool and Wading Pool Regulations.

Who does this affect? 

Swimming pool builders, operators, recreational organizations and anyone developing plans for a constructing or renovating a pool.
What are the new regulation updates?

  • Definition of a pool:  The definition has been changed to include “a commercial pool, hot tub, public pool, spray pool or wading pool or public”. This means that permits are now required for spray and wading pools.
  • Pool Safety Plan: All operators are required to create detailed pool safety plans within one year. The plans must be specific to each facility and provide details to ensure the health and safety of people using the pool. Environmental Health Officers are responsible for reviewing pool safety plans.
  • Lifeguard Certification: Pool safety plans must specify appropriate training and skills of lifeguards.
  • Pool Maintenance: All maintenance is required to be performed by or under the supervision of a person with appropriate training.
  • Operation and Design Guidelines: These documents are provided to support pool builders and operators in developing their pool safety plan and ensuring compliance with the new regulation.
  • Pool Construction Permits: A person must not construct a pool unless they have obtained a construction permit. The construction permit replaces the requirement in the old regulation for a “Certificate of Authorization” to be obtained prior to construction.

The Pool Regulation does not affect any existing Certificate of Authorizations issued before October 7, 2010.

How do I apply?

Applications are still accepted by the Public Health Engineers in our Abbotsford office.

Applicants should consider the draft BC Guidelines for Safe Swimming Pool Design document provided by the Ministry of Health to assist operators and regulators in interpreting the new BC Pools Regulation with respect to the design of pools. These standards represent generally accepted minimum standards of safe practices.

SubmissionsSubmissions of engineering plans can be submitted by the pool owner(s), or by engineer or architect on behalf of the owner(s).

It must include:

  • three complete sets of construction plans and specifications;
  • three complete "Swimming Pool Data Sheets" for each pool;
  • legal owners name and mailing address;
  • civic address for the proposed pool; and,
  • all drawings, data sheets and specifications signed and sealed and dated by a professional engineer or architect registered to practice in British Columbia. 

We recommend a covering letter with the Swimming Pool Data Sheet and the drawing submissions.

Mail your submission to:       
Attention: Public Health Engineer
Fraser Health
Abbotsford Health Protection Office
207 - 2776 Bourquin Crescent W
Abbotsford BC, V2S 6A4

If you have further questions, please contact your local Environmental Health Officer.

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