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Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools, Spas, and PIWF’s

In order to protect our city’s public and semi-publicPool swimming pools, spas, and public interactive water features (PIWF’s), the City of Amarillo has created the Public Pool ordinance. The ordinance created a permitting and inspection program utilizing existing standards and requirements set forth in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 265, Subchapter L, Standards for Pools and Spas and Subchapter M, Public Interactive Water Features and Fountains.

What is a public pool?

A public pool is defined as any swimming, spray, wading or spa pool or PIWF used for public recreation, aquatic sports, or therapeutic purposes and open to the general public with or without a fee.

What is a semi-public pool?

A semi-public pool is defines as any swimming, spray, wading orPool Equipment spa pool or PIWF operated for and in conjunction with: (1) lodging such as hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, or mobile home parks: (2) property owner associations, private organizations, or clubs: or (3) a school, college or university while being operated for academic or continuing education classes. The use of such a swimming, spray, wading or spa pool or PIWF would be open to occupants, members or students, etc., and their guests but not open to the general public.

What is a public or semi-public spa?

A spa is defined as a permanent or portable structure that is two (2) feet or more in depth and that has a surface area of two hundred fifty (250) square feet or less and a volume of three thousand two hundred fifty (3.250) gallons or less which is intended to be used for bathing or other recreational uses and is not drained and refilled after each use. It may include, but is not limited to, hydro-jet circulation, hot water, cold water, mineral baths, air induction bubbles, or any combination thereof. Industry terminology for a spa includes, but is not limited to, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpool, hot spa, hot tub, etc. The term does not include or refer to a business establishment that uses the term, such as a day spa or a health spa. The term does not include a I or 2 family residential spa located on private property intended for use by the residents and guests.

What is a Public Interactive Water Feature (PIWF)?

A PIWF is defined as any indoor or outdoor facility or installation maintained for public recreation that includes interactive water features or fountains such as but not limited to: water sprays, dancing water jets, waterfalls, dumping buckets, shooting water cannons in various arrays for the purpose of wetting the persons playing in the various water sprays and streams.



Swimming Pool Permit Application 
Recreational Water Plan Review Guide
Equipment Change Form



Swimming Pool Violation Enforcement Guide
Repair-Modification Document
Pool Checklist
Monthly Pool Log
Texas Department of Health Disinfectant Levels


Texas Department of Health Public Interactive Water Features
Texas Department of Health Standards for Swimming Pools & Spas
2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
Health and Safety Code Chapter 341 Minimum Standards of Sanitation and Health
Health and Safety Code Chapter 757 Pool Yard Enclosures


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