If you operate a pool, hot tub, or float tank in Whatcom County, you’ll need to follow the Washington State rules for water recreation facilities and have a current annual operating permit issued by us.
Each year you must apply for an annual operating permit, issued by us. Learn more about permit fees.
Report any injuries or illnesses to us within 48 hours. Call 360-778-6000 or email us.
We work to ensure that pools, spas, and other water recreation facilities are safe and healthy for public use. We regularly inspect facilities, investigate complaints and provide training for pool operators.
Permits & Inspections
Pools, spas, float tanks, water parks, wading pools, and other types of water recreation facilities must have an annual operating permit issued each year by the Whatcom County Health Department.
Permits are non-transferrable. Any change in ownership or management requires a new permit.
Start the process to apply for your annual operating permit.
Submit plans to the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH).