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  • Public & Semipublic Aquatic Facilities

    pre-gunite PDEQ is responsible for approving new and modified public and semipublic aquatic facilities, which include pools, wading pools, special use pools, splash pads and spas. Public and semipublic aquaticfacilities are typically owned and operated by municipalities, hotels, apartment complexes, homeowner's associations and schools. PDEQ is not responsible for private residential pools and spas.

    STEPS TO OBTAIN AN APPROVAL TO CONSTRUCT (ATC) AND REQUEST INSPECTIONS:

    STEP 1: PREPARE PLANS

    Prepare your plans conforming to submittal checklists on the Building Permits Resources page. Click on the drop down heading under Pools & Spas. Plans must also meet the requirements of the building codes listed at the bottom of the Building Permits Resources page. Then convert your plans and any supporting documentation to PDF and name the files per posted criteria. If sending secured files, select the following Adobe security option “Any except extracting pages” or use a layer flattening option which allows us to place an approval watermark. Not sure what the requirements are? Call (520) 724-6490 to ask staff.

    STEP 2: SUBMIT APPLICATION

    Fill out the on-line application and attach the Application for Approval to Construct (ATC) Public & Semipublic Aquatic Facilities and any supporting documentation, including Aquatic Facility Request for Variance  (if applicable).

    Response Time Information  Questions?

    An automatic email confirmation of the application submission will be sent to the applicant’s email as soon as the submit button is clicked

    Applications are usually processed within 2 business hours.


    Attach all the information required in the submittal checklist referenced in step #1

    If your submission exceeds 8 MB, please upload documents to an FTP site such as dropbox.com and paste the access link in the space provided on the on-line application.

    Please add @pima.gov to your safe email senders list

    Revisions to approved plans are also submitted to BuildingPermit@pima.gov.  Include your permit number and "Revision" in the email subject line.

     Having a problem? Call (520) 724-6490 to speak with staff.

    STEP 3: ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BY PIMA COUNTY

    Staff will review the application for administrative completeness (all required items are included). If items are missing, you will be contacted via email.

    Response Time Information Questions?

    You will receive an email confirmation as to the status of the administrative review generally within a few business hours of submittal. Plans forwarded to RFCD may take up to 24 hours for response..


    If files are too large to email (25MB limit per email), please email a link to an FTP site where files are available.

    Contact staff at
    (520) 724-6490 or BuildingPermit@pima.gov if no response within 24 hours.

    STEP 4: SUBSTANTIVE REVIEW AND APPROVAL BY PIMA COUNTY

    If the substantive review is not approvable, you will be emailed review comments and instructions. Upon application approval, you will receive an emailed notice of approval and fees due. Upon paying fees, the permit and approved plans will be sent out directly via email or via an emailed link.

    Response Time Information  Questions?

    An automatic email confirmation of the application submission will be sent to the applicant’s email as soon as the submit button is clicked

    Applications are usually processed within 2 business hours.


                 

    Fees can be paid on-line or in person at 201 N Stone Ave.

    Want to estimate your fees?  Use the fee calculators.

    Fees for Aquatic Facility plan review and inspections are contained in Pima County Ordinance 2016-13. 

    STEP 5: OBTAIN OPERATING LICENSE FROM THE PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

    Submit an application and pay applicable fees to the Pima County Health Department, Consumer Health & Food Safety, 3950 S. Country Club Rd., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85714, (520) 724-7908. This must be done BEFORE the pool/spa is put into operation.

    STEP 6: INSPECTIONS

    Pre-gunite and final inspections are required and need to be scheduled 72 hours in advance.

    To schedule an inspection, call 520-724-6970 and the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system will guide you through the steps.

    Before calling 520-724-6970, you will need:

    • Your 10-digit permit/record number
    • The 4-digit inspection code
      • 8205 Non-Residential Aquatic Facility Pregunite
      • 8290 Non-Residential Aquatic Facility Final Construction

    Note that letters in the permit/record number need to be omitted - enter numbers only (e.g. "P19AF00001" should be entered as "1900001").

    To keep your project on schedule for grand opening, we suggest you schedule final inspections seven (7) days before the grand opening date. Final inspections require utilities to be connected and operating and key equipment needs to be functioning. If you encounter issues scheduling your inspections, please call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak with someone from the Water Program.

    Have you:

    • Installed all equipment?
    • Removed all construction materials and debris?
    • Connected all utilities?
    • Turned on all equipment, including the water heater?
    • Installed and tested all reduced pressure backflow preventers (RPs)?
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    33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-7400
    Fax: (520) 838-7432


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