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Swimming Pools

Public and Private Pools

Swimming Pool permits are required for any structure intended for swimming, recreational bathing or wading that contains water over 24 inches deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground pools; hot tubs; spas and fixed in place wading pools.

All pools shall be enclosed with a fence or other barrier that is 48 inches high with openings not more than 2 inches from the bottom to grade and not more than 4 inches within the barrier.

Private swimming pools (serving not more than 4 dwelling units) require a permit from the City. Visit www.PoolSafely.gov for free and informative tips on Pool Safety.

Swimming Pool Safety Brochure

Public swimming pools (serving facilities other than dwellings or serving more than 4 dwelling units) require a permit from the City of Rockford and the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. A copy of the application for permit from the State shall be submitted to the City prior to issuance of a permit from the City. Public swimming pools and there appurtenant structures and enclosures shall be designed in accordance with the IDPH ‘Standards for Swimming Pools and Bathing Beaches’.

State of Illinois Department of Public Health (217) 782-4977, or visit www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/swimmingpools.htm