Preparing Commercial / Public Swimming Pool Plans for Review…


The description “Public Swimming Pool” use includes the following facilities;


  • (1) AMUSEMENT PARKS

  • (2) APARTMENT COMPLEXES

  • (3) BED AND BREAKFAST

  • (4) CAMPGROUND

  • (5) CLUB HOUSE

  • (6) COMMERCIAL

  • (7) CONDOMINIUMS

  • (8) HEALTH / FITNESS

  • (9) HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS

  • (10) HOTELS

  • (11) LICENSED DAY CARE FACILITIES

  • (12) MEDICAL FACILITIES

  • (13) MINERAL SPRINGS

  • (14) MOTELS

  • (15) MUNICIPAL POOLS

  • (16) PUBLIC / PRIVATE SCHOOLS


Our swimming pool consulting / design efforts will typically need to collaborate with other design professionals that are involved in exhibiting the new construction and or remodeling requirements for the building structure portions of a given facility.


  • ARCHITECTURAL

  • CIVIL

  • MECHANICAL

  • PLUMBING

  • ELECTRICAL

  • LANDSCAPE


The discipline specific in each of these categories above will involve fulfilling a facility’s overall code compliant construction intentions, which are mandated by officials for new or remodeling public / commercial swimming pools / spas.


116064.1 Uniform Standards to prevent physical entrapment

116065. Violation; misdemeanor; penalty


Building code also requires that prior to the commencements of any remodeling construction that plans must be submitted to the jurisdiction for review and approval. The plans must exhibit how the retrofitting of an existing facility is going to be brought up to the current Department of Environmental Health codes standards.


The local Building / Health Dept.’s Plan Checkers guidelines require the submission of a complete plan set. These must exhibit the layout and construction details for the information that they deem necessary in providing them clear and concise descriptions for all the proposed construction and or remodeling work scope intentions. These descriptions must address everything that is mandated by officials for how the facility is intending to achieve code compliance.


Our approach to accommodating the necessary exhibitions is by establishing an A to Z spacial outline that allows a Plan Checker to process the verification of compliance more easily!


Our planning sheet listings have been developed over years of preparing plans for the Building Permit Submission process, not just a preliminary Plan Check Review. It has been from the back and forth of being critiqued by many different jurisdictions nationwide that our understanding and approach for seeking approval has benefited.


Realize that the authorities that are in charge of the approval process must be able to quickly and concisely understand the plans and find what is necessary to be shown on plan or approval delays will result in responding to their correction notices;



Our objective is to correctly exhibit how it is intended to build or remodel your public use swimming pool and or spa so that it is compliant with the current approved standards, codes, regulations and guidelines. The required information must address on plan the following elements regardless of the size of the pool i.e.;


The RED items listed below indicate the architectural planning sheets, which you will need to provide us information about the site’s specifics.


The BLUE items are the sheets that we as the Pool Designer would need to produce in order to collaborate all the site specific information i.e.; civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing.


NOTE: All of the site engineering will require a “WET STAMP” on those plans from the Engineer of Record (EOR) for each of their disciplines i.e.; electrical, mechanical, civil, plumbing (storm drains, water & sewer).

  • Restroom / Bathhouse Facilities

  • Bathhouse Construction Material and Finish

  • Labeling / Coding of Piping and Equipment

  • Pool Construction Material and Finish

  • Decking Areas

  • Decking Drainage

  • Depth

  • Depth Markers

  • Diving Area / Equipment

  • Drinking Fountain

  • Electrical

  • Equipment Room or Equipment Enclosure

  • Fencing

  • Fill Spout / Autofill devices

  • Filters

  • Filter Backwash

  • Sanitizer / Gas Chlorine / Doser / Erosion Feeder

  • Hair / Lint Strainer

  • Lifeline / Anchors

  • Lifeguard Chairs

  • Lighting / Pool / Spa

  • Lighting Decking

  • Main Drain

  • Operation Instructions Manuals

  • Rim Flow Overflow Gutters

  • Piping

  • Pool Heaters

  • Pool Inlets

  • Pressure Gauges

  • Pump and Motor

  • Flow Meter Indicator

  • Re-Circulation System

  • Sewage Disposal Connection / Size

  • Sidewalls

  • Sight Glass

  • Signs

  • Surface Skimmers

  • Bottom Slope

  • Steps and Ladders

  • Turnover Rates

  • Vacuum Equipment

  • Water Supply

  • Total Dynamic Head Calculations (TDH)


The above information can be a collaboration of our efforts combined with the project’s architectural planning sheets, in order to fulfill the Plan Checker’s criteria for the review process but, what is of key importance here is that the plans have prepared for everything being required accordingly.


Therefore, we will need to know what planning information is available from the architectural plan sheets in order to fully prepare a compliant set of plans. We can produce additional information as necessary but in order to prepare a firm price for our services, we’ll need to know what will need to be made inclusive in our portions of the Design Work Scope.

Please let us know your thoughts and give us a call at your convenience so that we may discuss your project further.

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