Public Swimming/Bathing Facilities

Public swimming facilities in Cattaraugus County require inspection and a “Permit to Operate” issued by the Health Department.  Typically, these fall into one of two categories, swimming pools and bathing beaches.  If you intend to operate one of these facility types, please contact the Environmental Health Division.  Note that all public swimming facilities require review and approval of engineering plans prior to construction.

Public Swimming Pools

A swimming pool is defined as any structure, together with any buildings and appurtenances, intended for bathing, swimming or diving purposes constructed of an impervious material located indoors or outdoors.  Private swimming pools, spa pools used under medical supervision, and float or relaxation tanks used for solitary immersion are exempt from permit requirements.

Each swimming pool receives an annual inspection and must report the daily operation of its disinfection equipment.  Permits are renewed annually only if the facility is in compliance with the requirements in Subpart 6-1, 10NYCRR.

Public Bathing Beaches

A bathing beach is defined as the water and land, together with any buildings and appurtenances, used as a bathing place at a pond, lake, stream or other body of water.  Private bathing beaches are exempt from permit requirements.

Each bathing beach receives an annual inspection, and water quality is routinely monitored throughout the operational season.  Permits are renewed annually only if the facility is in compliance with the requirements in Subpart 6-2, 10NYCRR.

Resources for Public Swimming Facility Operators

Applications & Information for a Health Department "Permit to Operate"

Operation Report Forms for Public Water Systems & Public Pools

NYS Sanitary Code – Subpart 6-1: Swimming Pools

NYS Sanitary Code – Subpart 6-2: Bathing Beaches

Swimming Pool/Bathing Beach Safety Plan Templates

Environmental Health Services Fees

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