State Codes

Ohio Pool Code

Code: Ohio OAC Chapter 3701-31-01 to 5.1
Effective Date:April 1, 2011
Governing Body:Ohio Department of Health
Notes: Ohio OAC Chapter 3701-31-01 requires certain rules be included in their Spa Rules sign. The code provides general safety and sanitary regulations which are reflected in the Ohio Pool Rules. Any public swimming pools that are closed must post at least one Danger or Warning – Pool Closed sign.

Required Pool Safety Equipment For Ohio

Rescue PoleYes12' RequiredShop
Shepherds CrookYes Shop
Ring BuoysYes18" Life Ring Buoy required if no lifeguardShop
Throw LineYes1/4" in diameter, not less than 30 feet or more than 60 feet.Shop
Depth MarkersYesOn deck within 2 ft. of water’s edge or within 6” of back gutter. Must be skid resistant. Linear distance no greater than 25 ft. Marked at maximum and minimum points, at points of break between deep and shallow, and at intermediate points (public pools or special use). Minimum of 2 depth markers for spas and wading pools. NUMERALS Feet and Inches may be abbreviated. Depth to nearest 6”. NO DIVING 4” lettering or symbol skid resistant, placed adjacent to depth markers along deck at shallow areas with 2 ft. of water’s edge (does not include spas or wading pools). ZERO DEPTH for zero depth booths at entrance. Minimum of 2 markers.Shop
Rope & Float LineYesRope with intermittent floats at water depths which exceed five feet and at changes in slope. Anchored and located one foot toward shallow portion.Shop
GlovesYes Shop
CPR MaskYes Shop
SpineboardYes Shop
Rescue TubeYesIf pool staffed by lifeguard.Shop
First Aid KitYes Shop

Lifeguard/No Lifeguard

Rules - Pool

Rules - Spa


No Diving


Rules - Other

Compliance with these recommendations does not guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, health code, or federal, state or local regulations regarding safety or pool regulation compliance. Compliance does not ensure the absolute safety of you, your operations or place of business. Aquatic Technology, Inc ( is not a law firm and does not and will not perform services performed by an attorney.