Environmental Health Officers monitor Vancouver Island’s popular public beaches and assess and inspect public/commercial swimming pools, hot tubs, and spray parks for compliance with health standards and for the health and safety of you and your family.
Each summer, Environmental Health Officers take water samples at popular beach areas. Beach advisories are posted where monitoring has shown swimming is not recommended due to poor water quality.
Constructing a Pool?
Under the BC Pool Regulation, any person constructing a pool (Public, Commercial, Hot tub, Wading, or Spray) must first apply for and receive a construction permit. To apply for a construction permit, an application accompanied by the plans and specifications, sealed and certified by an engineer or architect, must be submitted to the local health protection office.
Submission must include:
Application for Pool Construction Permit (pdf) for each pool, including the Owner’s Confirmation of Commitment, Pool Information Sheet, and Health Hazard Related Design Parameter Checklist; and
Two complete sets of construction plans and specifications, sealed and certified by an architect or engineer.
In order to open a pool to the public, an operating permit must be issued by an Environmental Health Officer. To apply for an operating permit, an Application for Water Recreation Facility (pdf) form must be completed and submitted to the local health protection office. The Environmental Health Officer will conduct an initial inspection and, if satisfied that the operation of the pool will not likely constitute a health hazard, issue an operating permit.
Please keep in mind that a permit to operate is not transferable. If you are the new owner or operator of a pool, you must apply for a new permit and must not operate the pool until a permit has been issued to you.