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In June 2009, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) mailed out a "Pool Supervision Advisory Notice" to the owners/ permittees of all public swimming pools and spas owners within San Diego County of the responsibility, under California state law, to have all pool(s) under the supervision of a person who is responsible for its operation, maintenance, and bather safety.

This requirement is not new; it has been required for well over 25 years. However, this effort by DEH to develop a comprehensive contact list of persons responsible for each facility is new. With appropriate contact information, the responsible person can be immediately notified by DEH staff to make required corrections to ensure the safe operation of the pool or spa if serious violations are observed during routine inspections. Without contact information, DEH may be required to close your pool until the major violations are corrected.

If you are public pool or spa owner, please fill out the “Pool Supervisor Contact Information” section of the advisory notice and return it by either mail or e-mail to If you have any questions, please call our FHD Duty Specialist at (858) 505-6900.

Frequently asked questions related to the requirements of Pool Supervision Responsibility

Does a pool or spa owned by a Home Owners Association (HOA) need to have a person that assumes responsibility of the pool(s)?

Yes, pools at HOAs and apartments are considered public pools and must have a person that is responsible for the pool(s).

Why is it important for DEH to have contact information for the person responsible (pool supervisor) for the pool?

If there is a serious violation observed during an inspection, DEH staff can immediately notify that person and corrective action can be taken and possibly avoid the pool being closed or reduce the time the pool is closed.

Does the person supervising the pool need to be at the pool during all hours of operation?

No, but they still assume responsibility of the pools operation, maintenance and safety of bathers.

Can the permittee/owner transfer the supervision of the pool to another person such as a manager or pool service?

Yes, as long as that person assumes the responsibilities of supervising the pool and DEH is notified of the transfer or responsibility.

How do I determine the Permit # of the pool(s)?

The permit number is located in the upper right hand corner of on your swimming pool health permit. It begins with an FR00 and is followed by a six-digit number that begins with either a 3 or a 4; for example, FR00-300001. This number identifies the pool(s) at a specific location.