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Public Pools and Spas Program, Lifeguard and Pool Operator Licenses

Effective June 5, 2020 – Seasonal outdoor pools will be inspected on a rolling basis. Pools can open once they are approved. Seasonal outdoor pools are inspected each spring prior to their opening, and this year those inspections were postponed due to the suspension of all non-essential activity.

Indoor pools licensed by the Department of Health, except for medical therapeutic pools, will remain closed until further notice.

Pool Maintenance Guidance, May 26, 2020


Phone: 410-222-7217

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health inspects public swimming pools and spas to monitor health and safety conditions at each facility.

Maryland State and County regulations provide the minimum requirements for the operation of public swimming pools and spas. Inspectors closely evaluate public swimming pools and spas for specific health and safety conditions, which are likely to contribute to injuries and waterborne disease. If a health or safety violation is observed, the condition must be corrected immediately or the public swimming pool or spa risks being closed.

The program is also responsible for licensing lifeguards and pool operators and investigating complaints about public pools, spas and tanning salons.

Lifeguard/Pool Operator Licensing Office
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Monday – Friday, except holidays
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Lifeguard License


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Pool Operator License


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Assistance for Services:

  • Inspections — 410-222-7217
  • Licenses (Pool Operators and Lifeguards) — 410-222-7217
  • Operating Permits – Public Pools and Spas — 410-222-7217
  • Review of Construction Plans — 410-222-7217
  • Complaints — 410-222-7193

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