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BC Pool Regulation

The BC Pool Regulation is a set of rules that came into effect on October 8, 2010, with amendments made on August 8, 2012, and February 5, 2021. These rules are designed to modernize the requirements for public swimming and bathing facilities.

The regulation focuses on achieving specific outcomes rather than strict rules. It aims to ensure the safety and quality of pools by setting standards that pool operators and regulators can follow. To assist with understanding and implementing the Pool Regulation, guidelines called “B.C. Guidelines for Pool Operations” have been created. These guidelines outline safe practices that are widely accepted in the industry.

Different pools may have varying requirements depending on their type and usage. It is the responsibility of each pool owner to maintain optimal water quality and ensure pool safety. While the guidelines provide information on operating pools, they do not replace the need for a comprehensive pool operator’s course.

Overall, the BC Pool Regulation and accompanying guidelines are in place to promote the safe and enjoyable use of public swimming and bathing facilities. Go to this link for the full guideline details.



To operate a pool in British Columbia, you need to have an operating permit. This permit is issued by the health authority and must be displayed in a noticeable place at the pool. It shows that the pool meets all the necessary requirements and that the rules stated in the permit are being followed.

Here’s what you need to include when applying for an operating permit:

  1. A statement from an engineer or architect confirming that the pool has been built according to the approved plans and specifications. You can find the application for construction permit in the B.C. Guidelines for Pool Design on the Ministry of Health’s website.
  2. A completed pool data sheet. You can find a copy of this sheet in the Pool Safety Plan Guide for Pool Operators on the Ministry of Health’s website.
  3. A pool safety plan prepared in accordance with Section 13 of the Pool Regulation. Information on creating a pool safety plan can be found in Part 4: Pool Safety Plans in this document. The Pool Safety Plan Guide for Pool Operators is available on the government’s website.

The operating permit may include specific conditions for operating the pool, such as the maximum number of people allowed in the pool at a time and the flow rate of the water. Your local health authority can provide more details and help you with the application process.

Spray pools that use water from a safe water supply system and do not recirculate the water do not need operating permits. These pools typically don’t pose a risk of spreading diseases. However, they still require construction permits to ensure they are designed safely.

Remember, having an operating permit is important to show that your pool is safe and follows the necessary guidelines. It’s your responsibility to obtain the permit and comply with the regulations set by the health authority.