Frequently Asked Questions: Pools and Spas
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Who inspects pools in
The Montana Department of
Health and Human Services is responsible for licensing and inspecting
A: To become certified, you must take a National Swimming Pool Foundation sanctioned class and pass a final exam. To find the class nearest you, consult nspf.org and click on the CPO link.
A: Frequency of inspection depends on the type of pool you operate.
- Pools open year-round receive two inspections per year; one comprehensive regular inspection, and one “critical point” inspection that focuses on health and safety issues in the pool and at the facility.
- Seasonal pools are required to be inspected once per year.
Pools that have numerous or critical violations will generally receive follow-up inspections until violations are corrected.
A: Plan review for new or remodeled facilities is done by DPHHS. Please contact Paul Reeves at 406-444-2823.
A: Food and Consumer Safety Section (a division of DPHHS) is responsible for creating and updating the pool regulations. The proposed changes to the pool rules have gone through the public hearing/comment period, and public comments are now being reviewed by Paul Reeves and the DPHHS legal team. If you want a more precise update, please contact Paul Reeves at 406-444-2823.