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Swimming Pool Program

Swimming pools, spas and Public Interactive Water Features (PIWF) are permitted and inspected for compliance with state regulations. Inspections are performed in 34 cities, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and in the unincorporated areas. Typically two inspections are performed per pool, spa or PIWF. The results of these inspections are posted on the pool, spa and spray park scores web page.

The current rules, 25 TAC, Chapter 265, Subchapter L, Standards for Swimming Pools and Spas went into effect on September 1, 2004 (except Section 265.190, which has an effective date of January 1, 2005) and Subchapter M Public Interactive Water Features and Fountains went into effect May 20, 2010. For more information about pool and spa rules, please use this link for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a federal law that went into effect on December 19, 2008, and requires that "each public pool and spa in the United States shall be equipped with anti-entrapment devices". Click on this link to download more information about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and Tarrant County swimming pools rules.