State Codes

Virginia Pool Code

Code: Virginia VAR Title 12-5 Chapter 460 and ANSI
Effective Date:March 1, 1962
Governing Body:Virginia Office of Environmental Health Services
Notes: The Virginia Administrative Rules provide guidance in regards to public swimming pools. Most commercial swimming pool rules signs will comply with the Virginia rules as long as they incorporate all common safety and health regulations required for swimming pools. Other signs such as the No Lifeguard and pool should also be posted.

Required Pool Safety Equipment For Virginia

Rescue PoleYes12' RequiredShop
Ring BuoysYes18" Life Ring Buoy RequiredShop
Sechi DiskYes Shop
Throw LineYes1.5x pool width throw line required.Shop
Depth MarkersYesDepth marked at every foot increment of depth at 5 ft. and under on both sides of pool.  Greater than 5 ft. markings need not be closer than  3 ft. apart.  NUMERALS AND LETTERING ​at least 5 inches in height.​​ Shop
Rope & Float LineYesProvided at break in grade between shallow and deep portion, or 6” on shallow side. Line marked with visible floats at not greater than 7 ft. intervals.​Shop

Lifeguard/No Lifeguard

Rules - Pool

Rules - Spa

Chemical Room


No Diving


Pool Capacity


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.