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Iowa Swimming Pools and Spas - Inspections

As of July 1, 2023,  Professional Licensing and other health and occupational licenses will become part of the Iowa Department of Inspections,  Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL) as a new organizational structure for state government goes into effect. Government departments and agencies that provide related services or have similar business functions are aligning to better serve Iowans.  You can expect the same quality services you get now from HHS to continue as usual. 

Why are swimming pools and spas inspected in Iowa?

The Swimming Pool and Spas program develops rules to establish minimum safety and sanitation criteria for the operation and use of swimming pools and spas to keep Iowans safe. Inspections are completed at the time of construction and periodically thereafter for the purpose of identifying obvious deviations from the rules that present health or safety hazards so they can be corrected by the owner. There are many potential health concerns related to swimming pools and spas, including transmission of disease, injuries, and the potential for drowning.

Who inspects pools and spas in my community?

Swimming pools and spas in Iowa are inspected annually by a local designated inspection agency. Inspection records are maintained for a period of three years by this agency.