Approvals & Permits

An approval must be obtained from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) Swimming Pool Program for a public and semi-public pool, wading pool or special use pool, spa or artificial bathing lake when:
  • A new pool, spa or bathing lake is to be constructed.
  • An existing pool, spa or bathing lake is to be modified and the modification affects the shape, depth, water circulation system or enclosure; resurfacing of the pool interior or deck; addition of a water feature or planter; modification of a disinfection system; or installation of diving equipment.
  • A change in use of an existing semi-public swimming pool, spa or bathing lake to a public swimming pool, spa or bathing lake.
  • A change in use of an existing private residential swimming pool, spa or bathing lake to a public or semi-public swimming pool, spa or bathing lake.

Plans & Specifications


All plans and specifications submitted to the Department for approval must have been prepared by, or under the supervision of, a currently registered Arizona Professional Engineer or Architect, or a swimming pool contractor with an Arizona Registrar of Contractor's A-9, A-19, KA-5 or KA-6 license who is licensed to practice in the state of Arizona.

The licensed preparer shall certify that the plans comply with these regulations and criteria contained in the swimming pool design policies. A pre-application project meeting is available upon request. Call either Jim Walters at 602-372-5450 or Greg Maupin at 602-506-6618 to schedule a meeting.

Variance Approval


A variance approval or waiver must be obtained if a deviation from one or more requirements of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code (MCEHC) for the construction of a pool, spa or bathing lake is required. Additional information concerning variances can be found on the Variance Information page