The Environmental Health Division inspects over 50 indoor
and outdoor public swimming pools and spas in Livingston County annually and
works with the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to open new facilities in
At minimum, two routine inspections are conducted each year to ensure an
environment is safe for swimming. During these inspections, water tests
are performed to measure the disinfectant residual, pH, alkalinity and when
necessary cyanuric acid. In addition, the walking surfaces, access doors and
fences, recirculation equipment, and emergency equipment and procedures are
In the instance that a pool is determined to be noncompliant
with local and state rules and regulations, a pool closure order will be
issued. The swimming pool must remain closed until compliance is achieved and a
re-inspection is performed.
Plan Review Process
A plan review is required of all public pools and spas prior to their construction, alteration or renovation. All plans are reviewed to ensure compliance with the Michigan Public Swimming Pool Rules and the Livingston County Health Department Sanitary Code.
The MDEQ is responsible for reviewing plans at new facilities and can be reached at 517-284-6531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pool Operator Requirements and Fees
In addition to MDEQ permit fees, swimming pools are required to complete and submit an Annual Operation Application for Pools and inspection fee(s) as indicated below.
- One pool = $200.00
- Each additional pool or spa = $75.00
Unless otherwise approved by LCHD, pool operators are required for the collection and examination of weekly water samples for coliform bacteria. The laboratory conducting the analysis must be certified by MDEQ for determination of coliform bacteria in swimming pool water. Laboratories
located in Livingston County include Brighton Analytical and Water Tech.
Water sample results and monthly operator's reports may be mailed or faxed to LCHD.
Documents and Resources
Documents and Forms
Guidelines used when pools are contaminated with feces or vomitus
Other Useful Resources