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Public Pools

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  •  850-833-9247 / 850-689-7859

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    221 Hospital Dr. NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 

    810 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32539 


The public swimming pool program is designed to protect the public from the risk of disease and injury at public swimming pools and bathing places. Public pools include conventional pools, spa-type pools, wading pools, special purpose pools or water recreation in locations where people gain admission to the pool with or without a fee being charged. Environmental health inspectors permit over 500 public pools and spas in Okaloosa County. The governing authority for this program is Florida Administrative Code 64E-9(93kb pdf) and Florida Statute Chapter 514.

These facilities are inspected a minimum of two times per year to verify that facilities comply with state standards for pool construction, maintenance, water quality and safety equipment. Additional inspections may be conducted in response to citizen complaints. Inspection reports are available to the public.

Pool and Spa Main Drain Grate/Cover Retrofits (PDF 51KB)

Permitting a New Public Pool Facility 

The permitting process in Okaloosa County is handled by the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County. The office is open Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and can be reached at 850-595-6700. More information about public swimming pool permit process (167 KB PDF).


Commercial Pool Contractor submits Application DH 4159(PDF 90kb) to Florida Department of Health in Escambia County with engineer plans and $150 initial inspection fee.

The application should be sent to FDOH-Escambia County at

FDOH-Escambia Downtown Service Center
1300 W. Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32501

FDOH-Escambia will supply an Application Receipt Letter for submission to the local building official.

Step 2

Commercial Pool Contractor submits Application Receipt Letter, Application (DH4159) and Engineer Plans to local Building Department with jurisdiction over construction of new pool facility.

3. Local Building Department will issue construction permit for pool facility if plans meet all requirements. Both FDOH-Escambia and local Building Official will provide comments on Engineer plans

4. Both FDOH-Escambia and the local Building Official will inspect pool facility for compliance before an annual operating permit can be issued. An Annual operating permit will be issued after payment of all applicable fees and satisfactory inspections have been received from the Building Official and FDOH-Escambia.

Modifications to Public Pool 

Changes to equipment and repairs to public pool facilities require modification approval from FDOH and the local Building Official. Application by a licensed commercial pool contractor for modification is required on Application DH 4159. Modifications require notification of the local Building Official and FDOH. All applicable permits will be required. For more information about public pools click here.

Okaloosa County Swimming Pool Approved Plans 

Once a permit is issued, the plans will be posted to a Web-based filing system. Follow the instructions to log in.

Log into

  • User name: Public
  • Password: Public
  • File Cabinet: OKALOOSA PLANS

Once logged in, click the "Retrieve" button (in the upper left corner) under the word "eBridge" to search for an Okaloosa County septic tank permit.

The system is not case sensitive. Permits can be looked up by any one of the indexes. The more specific the search, the better changes of getting a direct hit. If not all the information is known, a broader field can be searched. If searching an address, put the number on one line, the street on the next. Leave off St., Rd., etc. Once the permit has been found, highlight it by clicking anywhere but on "View" and open as a PDF file to view and/or print the permit.