TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-22
Licensing of Swimming Pools

SECTION 23-22-6


§ 23-22-6 License required – Term of license – Application – Fee.

(a) No person shall maintain within this state a swimming pool until that person shall have obtained the appropriate license from the department. Licenses shall be of two (2) types, year-round or seasonal. The director, upon receipt of an application for a license to operate a swimming pool, shall cause that swimming pool to be inspected and if the swimming pool is found to comply with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations adopted in accordance with this chapter, shall issue a license upon receipt of a fee for a year-round license, for the first pool at one location and an additional fee for each additional pool at the same location. The director shall issue a license upon receipt of a fee for a seasonal license for the first pool at one location and an additional fee for each additional pool at the same location. Seasonal licenses shall begin no sooner than June 1, and expire on September 30 of the year issued and year-round licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year issued, unless sooner revoked for violation of the provisions of this chapter or of the regulations adopted in accordance with this chapter. Provided, however, every organization which provides recreational facilities for persons under the age of eighteen (18) years and which is exempt from income taxes pursuant to the provisions of 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), and which maintains a swimming pool shall pay a fee for a year-round license. All fees required by this section shall be as set forth in § 23-1-54. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any swimming pool maintained by the state.

(b) No lifeguard shall be required for any pool licensed in this chapter; provided, a lifeguard shall be on duty if the pool is used by a swim club or a group of unsupervised children who may have access to the pool. Operators of pools shall, when no lifeguard is on duty:

(1) Require an attendant and/or a mechanical system to limit access to guests and members only;

(2) Require a person trained in first aid to be physically located in close proximity to the pool in question;

(3) Require the following signs to be posted in a conspicuous place:

(i) NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY – SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK (minimum 4" letters in RED)

(ii) NO ONE UNDER 18 PERMITTED UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

(iii) ADULTS SHOULD NOT SWIM ALONE

(iv) A SCHEDULE OF POOL HOURS

(v) NO GLASS IN POOL AREA

(vi) NO RUNNING OR ROUGH HOUSING

(vii) NO DIVING

(viii) NO ANIMALS OR PETS

(4) Require, in the case of outdoor pools, in addition to the above requirements, a fence with a lockable gate or door, a minimum of not less than six feet (6') in height, which completely surrounds the pool area.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1928, ch. 1198, § 6; G.L. 1938, ch. 267, § 6; impl. am. P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 180; G.L. 1956, § 23-22-6; P.L. 1960, ch. 76, § 23; P.L. 1962, ch. 11, § 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 65, art. 56, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 91, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 395, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 9, § 46.)