Houston Health Department

Commercial Pools

Approximately 4,000 public and semi-public swimming pools/spas exist within the incorporated limits of the City of Houston. The Houston Health Department regulates public pools/spas through enforcement of City of Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 43. Compliance with Chapter 43 Swimming Pool Safety ordinance is important to make sure aquatic facilities provide a clean, healthy and safe environment for the public. This ordinance protects against waterborne illness and helps to prevent drownings.

The Houston Health Department responds to complaints concerning improperly maintained swimming pools/spas, and reviews and regulates all new commercial swimming pool/spa constructions to ensure compliance with Texas State standards for public pools and spas.

New Pool Construction Plans

Requirements for submitting construction plans for a new pool or spa:

  • Two (2) complete sets of plans with specifications
  • Plans must be drawn to scale and scale noted on plan
  • Include top view and side view of pool and spa with appropriate measurements
  • Show size and type of filter and pump
  • Show location of pump and filter in relation to pool/spa
  • Show total number of gallons
  • Note surface area of pool/spa in square feet
  • Include the name and address of pool/spa location
  • Indicate the size and type of piping with schematic, drawn to scale

Mail completed application to:

Houston Health Department
8000 North Stadium Drive
Consumer Health, Second Floor
Houston, Texas 77054-1823




Swimming pool plan review, inspection, and permit fees are found on the City of Houston fee schedule page. On the fee schedule page, search for pool-related fees by using the word "pools" in the keyword field.

Go to City of Houston fee schedule page.

Fee Payment

Pay for permit and inspection fees on the online payments page. This includes fees for spas, water features, and wading pools.

Go to online payments page.