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Think before you swim

  • Alcohol use and boating/swimming/spa use do not mix.
  • Typical drowning victims are toddlers (girls and boys) and teen boys.
  • Males take more risks than females, so their drowning statistics are much higher. 
  • Children go below the surface often quietly within seconds when struggling for air.
  • Supervising children means watching them, not texting or talking. 
  • Look into a churned up pool with glare on the surface to get an idea of how hard it is to spot them once they are under. 
  • Life vests save lives, but only if worn!
  • Get the kids into swim classes so they can enjoy the water safely.
  • Protect others; don’t swim when you or your kids have diarrhea.

    Contact us at Environmental Health at (360) 385-9444. 


Pool & Spa Safety

Each year thousands of Jefferson County residents and visitors swim in swimming pools at our municipal pool, hotels, and homeowner association pools. These pools and spas may create public health hazards if they are not properly operated and maintained.

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Public Health promotes recreational water safety in our community by:

  • Reviewing plans of all new and remodeled public swimming pools and spas;
  • Educating public pool and spa operators about health and safety issues;
  • Conducting routine inspections of public swimming pools and spas to ensure general safety and appropriate water chemistry;
  • Investigating reports of illness and complaints about potential safety hazards in public pools and spas (call 360-385-9444); and
  • Investigating drowning and near drowning incidents in public pools.

Information for permitted facilities

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) must complete a plan review prior to the construction of any new public swimming pool, spa, wading pool or spray park in Jefferson County. Please follow the steps outlined to obtain a Water Recreation Facility Construction permit. A plan review may also be required when you remodel existing facilities including modifications to comply with the Federal Virginia Graeme Baker Act.  DOH has guidelines that will help you determine when you need a plan review for remodeling or pool modifications. DOH provides other useful information for pool facility builders; when you visit their website, you can sign up to receive regular information by email.

To renew your annual pool or spa permit, you can expect a renewal notice in April each year and the fee is due by May 31. Please use the following form to keep us informed of contact information changes like new ownership, operator’s name, address, or phone number. Once you have paid your renewal fee, you will receive a permit in the mail that should be posted at your facility.

Please print out the Pool & Spa Application for Permit or the Renewal Form and return to the Environmental Health Department, 617 Sheridan, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Resources for Home Pools & Spas


Additional Resources:

Pool owners and operators, learn more about proper pool signage, pool monitoring log sheets, 
    injury report forms and other information:  WA State Department of Health 

For reliable information about pool maintenance:  National Swimming Pool Foundation  
    and Professional Pool Operators of America

For information about lifeguarding:  United States Lifesaving Association and
     American Red Cross.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enforces the Federal Virginia Graeme
     Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and has helpful information about how to comply

Pool Facility Designer & Builder Resources

Water Recreation Facility Rules






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615 Sheridan Street - Port Townsend, WA 98368
Community Health: 360.385.9400 | Environmental Health: 360.385.9444