Swimming Pools and Bathing Beach Information
Environmental Health Services
9100 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 230
Baltimore, Maryland 21237-3903
Phone: 410-887-FOOD (3663)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay
Environment Health Services Highlight
View the Marylander’s Guide to Skin Wounds and Water Contact flyer (PDF) to learn about Vibrio, which are bacteria that occur naturally in brackish water such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and in salt water, especially during warm weather months.
Pool and Spa Facilities Listing
View the list of Baltimore County's pools, beaches, and spas (PDF). (PDF may take several minutes to download)
Baltimore County requires all public pool and spa operators to complete and submit the American Disabilities Act affidavit (PDF) along with the facility's pool permit application. Failure to submit the affidavit will result in the pool permit being denied or suspended.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Requirement
Baltimore County is requiring by statute that all licensed pools, spas, water attractions and bathing beaches have an AED on the premises. The owner or operator shall provide an AED and a coordinator registered with Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).
The Code of Baltimore County Regulation (COBCR) 1.05.02
The swimming pool and bathing beaches regulations (PDF) were adopted to protect and promote the public health and safety of the users of public swimming pools and bathing beaches in Baltimore County.
Baltimore County Pool Operator
Submit the Pool Operator Application (PDF) to obtain a Baltimore County Pool Operator's Card, which is a requirement for the management and operation of public swimming pools in Baltimore County.
Please return the original application to Environmental Health Services.
A legible copy of the certifying organization certificate must be attached to the application. This certificate is only valid in Baltimore County for three years from the date of the examination. Note: The certifying organizations must be approved by and registered with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center of Environmental Health and Community Services. Call 410-767-8417 for details.
The fee for a Baltimore County Pool Operator Identification Card is $25. The cost of a replacement card is $15. Make check or money order payable to Baltimore County, Maryland. Payment can also be made by credit card.
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
The Department of Health enforces the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act for public swimming pools and spas. All facilities in Baltimore County must adhere to pool recirculation safety requirements included in the act and adopted by Maryland Public Swimming Pool and Spa Regulations (COMAR 10.17.01).
Revised January 20, 2016
Revised April 6, 2016