State Codes

Washington Pool Code

Code: Washington WAC Title 246 Chapter 246-262
Effective Date:September 1, 2014
Governing Body:Washington Department of Health
Notes: The Washington Pool Rules are as mandated in WAC Title 246-260-131. Both the Spa Rules and Wading Pool Rules sign are also specific to what rules are required to be posted by Washington State.

Required Pool Safety Equipment For Washington

Rescue PoleYes12' Required with double Shepherds Crook every 1500 square feetShop
Shepherds CrookYes Shop
Ring BuoysYes18” Life Ring Buoy required. Shop
Diaper Changing StationYes Shop
Throw LineYes50' throw line required.Shop
Depth MarkersYesVertical Wall minimum of 2” numbers. Horizontal deck, 4”. Includes Wading P. Placed at maximum and minimum depths and at all points of slope change. spaced at increments of 2 ft. or less, at horizontal intervals of 25 ft. or less, arranged uniformly on both sides and ends of pool. Placed on major shape changes. ANTI-SKID on deck. In FEET. In feet or inches for wading.Shop
Rope & Float LineYesPlaced 1 ft. toward shallow end away from break point line, provided floats a minimum distance of every 4 ft. Not required if pools with uniform slopes not exceeding 1 ft of slope for every 12 ft. Shop
Rescue BlanketYes Shop
SpineboardYesIf lifeguards on duty.Shop
Rescue TubeYesFor lifeguards. Lifeguards may also use a ring buoy instead of tube. Shop
First Aid KitYes Shop

Lifeguard/No Lifeguard

Rules - Pool

Rules - Spa

Chemical Room

No Diving


Pool Capacity


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.