Plan Review 

Swimming Pool Plan Review Process

The Rules & Regulations Pertaining to Swimming, Spray, and Wading Pools required that plans be submitted to the Department of Health for review and approval, prior to the initiation of construction, for any new public or semi-public swimming, spray, or wading pool or modification or enlargement of any existing system.

Project Types

  • New public or semi-public swimming, spray, or wading pools or spas. This includes all pools constructed by municipalities, Property Owners Associations (POA's), condominium or subdivision developments, or businesses for commercial use.
  • ¬†Improvements or repairs to existing public or semi-public swimming, spray, or wading pools. This includes all pools operated by municipalities, Property Owners Associations (POA's), condominium or subdivision developments, or businesses for commercial use.

What to submit

  • A cover letter or other means of indicating the type facility to be constructed, renovated, or repaired, where it is located, who owns and operates the facility.
  • A review fee and a cost estimate on that part of the project which the Department of Health reviews. The review fee is 1% of the estimated cost not less than $50 and not more than $500. If the project involves review by multiple divisions of the agency, the fee must account for each division's review up to a maximum of $500.
  • Three sets of construction drawings, including, but not limited to: pool/spa layout, pool/spa profile, deck layout and details, make-up water supply piping, equipment room, piping arrangements, and bathhouse.
  • Three sets of material and construction specifications for the project, including, but not limited to: recirculation system, filtration equipment, continuous disinfection system, maintenance, ventilation, lighting, and fencing.
  • It is recommended that plans for all public pools and semi-public pools be prepared by a professional engineer registered to practice in the State of Arkansas.
  • ¬†Information pertaining to all necessary signs and other required safety equipment.
  • Signed statement from owner specifying any items that will be provided by the owner separately from the construction/repair contract, such as fencing, test equipment, safety equipment, etc.
  • ¬†Address list for all parties to receive copies of plan review correspondence.

Review Criteria

  • Agency regulations and criteria, Recommended Standards for Swimming Pools (from the Upper Mississippi River - Great Lakes Board of State Sanitary Engineers), also known as the Ten States Standards

Who Reviews?

  • Reviews of public pool projects are normally completed by a staff Engineer, with the final approval being given by the Chief Engineer. Plans for semi-public pool projects are handled by staff in the Division of Environmental Health Protection.

Response Time

  • A comment letter or an approval letter will normally take from one to four weeks.

Common Submittal Deficiencies

  • Common submittal omissions which delay the approval or require a comment letter include: documentation of existing conditions, the basis of the engineering design, insufficient design calculations, missing or incomplete specifications, and a missing or improper review fee.

Where to submit?

Public Pool Projects Engineering Section
Arkansas Dept. of Health
4815 West Markham,Slot 37
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
(501) 661-2623
Fax (501) 661-2032
Semi-Public Pool Projects
Division of Environmental Health Protection, Slot 46
Arkansas Dept. of Health
4815 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
(501) 661-2171