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Swimming Pools

The Swimming Pools Regulations, 2005 (L.N. 129 of 2005) have been published under the Public Health Act, 2003 (Act No. XIII of 2003) and by which Legal Notice 77 of 1997 ‘Fees for the testing of water of swimming pools regulations’ have been repealed. Thus, there is no longer the need for public/commercial swimming pools to be licensed with the Superintendent of Public Health.

However, L.N. 129 of 2005 requires the responsible person to register any swimming pool on his premises i.e. being a conventional pool used for recreational bathing, wading pool, spas, diving pool or special purpose pool, which is not used or intended to be used as a pool at a single family residence but found at hotels, apart hotels, farmhouses, health centres, beauty clinics, gyms, etc,. Unless such pools are registered with the Competent Authority, the responsible person shall not permit the use of any swimming pool on his premises.

Registration for each swimming pool should be made in writing and on the appropriate registration form and sent to the Environmental Health Directorate for registration (free of charge) in the Swimming Pool Register which is to be kept by the competent authority as stipulated by same regulation. Registration of swimming pools under this regulation shall not exempt the responsible person from any obligation to apply for and acquire the necessary licences or permits that may be required by any competent authority. Any person who fails to register his swimming pool/s as stipulated by these regulations shall be guilty of an offence under the Act.

Officials from the Competent Authority will be carrying out audit inspections throughout the year to verify that all provisions under this regulation are being adhered to by the responsible person. The responsible person shall provide to the officials all relevant documentations required by the same regulation and to provide evidence that the swimming pool has always been kept safe for recreational use.

Failing to provide any documentation requested, the official acting on behalf of the Competent Authority may take the necessary actions he deems fit to take at the time and this may also include the closure of same pool.

The responsible person may refer to the guidelines provided. THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND ANY OTHER SUITABLE FORMAT MAY BY PREPARED BY THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON

Legislation
Public Health Act, 2003
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Swimming Pools Regulations, 2005 (L.N. 1​29 of 2005) as amended by (LN 135 of 2008)
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Application Form
Application form for the Registration of Swimming Pools​
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Register
Swimming Pools Registered with the Superintendent of Public Health
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Further Information on Swimming Pools
Specimen Log Sheet
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Preparation of the Pool Safety Procedure Manual
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The Guide to Swimming Pool Owners
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WHO Guidelines for Swimming Pools Vol. 2​​
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