Pool Licensing & Operator Resources

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We license and inspect over 400 public indoor and outdoor swimming pools and water attractions to keep you safe and healthy.

Want to know how your favorite pool handles safety? Look up our health inspection reports below. These reports give you information on the conditions we saw at the time of inspection. Our reports may not reflect actions the establishment made to correct issues, or the current condition of the pool.

Look up health inspection reports

Licensing for New Pools and Changes of Ownership

To apply for a license for a new pool or when there is a change of ownership:

  1. Complete and submit an application and pay fees to the Madison City Clerk's Office. Fees and application must be mailed, or paid in person at the Madison City Clerk's Office.
  2. Contact a public health sanitarian at (608) 242-6515 or LEadmin@publichealthmdc.com for a pre-inspection before opening to the public.

Licenses are valid each year from July 1 to June 30. Each license we issue expires on June 30. Licenses issued after April 1 will be valid until June 30 of the following year. For example: A license issued on April 1, 2022 will expire on June 30, 2023.

Renewing Licenses

You need to renew your license each year. We will mail a renewal to you. You need to return it with your payment before June 30 of each year.

We want to better serve you! Fill out our 2-minute anonymous feedback survey about your health inspection.

Safety, Maintenance, and Operation of Public Pools and Water Attractions

Chapter ATCP 76 Safety, Maintenance, and Operation of Public Swimming Pools and Water Attractions, Wisconsin Administrative Code

Prerequisites for New Pool Construction

Stay Up to Date on Pool Safety

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Resources for Operating Pools

Incident Reporting Forms

Courses for Certified Water Attraction Operators

Healthy Swimming Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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