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  • Water Recreation Facility Plan Review

    New facility, new owner or making changes to an existing public pool, spa, or spray park?

    We can help.

    Through our plan review, we make sure your pool, spa or spray park is safe for the public.  

    Before you turn in your application.

    How to apply.

    We have 1 application for new construction, remodels­ or change of ownership. Plan review fees are non-refundable.

    To get started:

    1. For new facilities or remodels complete a Plan Review Packet. For ownership changes, only complete the Water Recreational Facility Application and Change of Ownership Statement.
    2. Complete a supplemental application for float tanks, if needed.
    3. Submit your application and plan review fee payment in person, by mail, or online.

    How long will the process take?

    We will email approval or ask additional questions within 30 business days of receiving your complete application or when we accept your application. Submit your application as early as possible to meet your project deadline.

    What happens once I’m approved?

    We email an approval letter to you and the Building Department. You must schedule 3 pre-opening inspections:

    • Piping inspection–after piping is complete before construction of the shell.
    • Sump inspection–before filling.
    • Final inspection–before opening after all work is complete.


    Call (253) 649-1713, email or schedule a consultation. We’re available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Pools and Spas FAQs

    A remodel is a change to a permitted water recreation facility. It includes changing a drain cover, replacing a pump or changing a filter. It is not a remodel if you replace equipment with the same make and model number.

    You need a resubmittal if you make a change to your project after receiving plan review approval. Even small changes may need a resubmittal. To avoid a delay in opening let us know right away if you need to make any changes to your approved plans.

    Yes. You need a plan review if:

    • You make a change to your system since the original approval–like a different pump.
    • You do not use the manufacturer’s suggested replacement. 

     You do not need a plan review if you:

    • Use the manufacturer’s suggested replacement.
    • Make no other changes to the system.

    Please be sure to provide us with the new drain cover information.

    Yes. You need remodel plan review unless the replacement pump is the exact same make and model number.

    You can check its status after we accept your application for review.

    • Go to and click “Application Status” on the left of your screen.
    • Enter information for any of the fields and click “Search” to see your application status.

    To submit a response for more information, go to and log in to your account.

    • Click “My Links” on the left of your screen.
    • Click “Applications Submitted.”
    • Click the facility you want to submit a response for and the application will open.
    • Click “Details.” Click “Submit Attachments.”
    • Choose the attachment type from the drop-down list.
    • Browse to your PDF file and click “Upload” to submit.

    No. Go to and log in to your account.

    • Click “My Links” on the left of your screen.
    • Click “Applications Submitted.”
    • Click the drop-down arrow next to the application you want to copy.
    • Click “Clone.”

    A new application will open with the same information entered, except for attachments. You’ll need to attach all documents to this new application.

    You must rename the file. Open the document and “save as” with a different name–like “water bill” and “sewer bill.” Then you’ll be able to upload them.

    No. If different pools share water between them, it is 1 system. You only need 1 application and 1 review fee.

    Yes. You need a separate application and review fee for each water recirculation system. For a quick way to load your information onto applications see “I need to submit more than 1 application…”

    No. You only need 1 application for float tanks if they are identical in layout and design. You will receive a bill for 1 plan review application plus any extra time spent on the review.

    • New construction if you are a new or existing facilities and add a new pool, spa or spray park.
    • Remodel if you are an existing facility and:
      • Change a pump, filter, drain reconfiguration, or barrier modifications.
      • Install a drain cover with a different model number or made by a different manufacturer. Use this application if there is a recall on your drain covers. You do not need a review if you use the manufacturer’s suggested replacement and make no other changes.
    • Float tank if you are constructing sensory deprivation tanks.