Pools & Spas
The State of Montana requires that all public pools, spas, and water parks be licensed and inspected.
Plan Review Checklist
Step 1: Complete and submit Plan Review Checklist and required fee to the Food and Consumer Safety Section of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
Step 2: Contact local agencies for building, zoning and fire code and obtain required permits.
Step 3: Upon written approval of plans, construction/remodeling can begin.
Step 4: Contact RiverStone Health to schedule a pre-opening inspection.
Step 5: The license fee will be collected and the license issued during the pre-opening inspection.
Licenses are reviewed and issued annually (January 1- December 31) by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Current license holders will receive a renewal application in November. Renewal payments are due by December 31 to avoid a late fee.
For questions on renewals, contact:
Gail Macklin, Licensing – 406.444.2415 or GMacklin@mt.gov.
RiverStone Health Environmental Health Services inspects all pools, spas, and other water features in Yellowstone County that are open to the public. Inspections are geared toward verifying that operators of these facilities accurately test the water for levels of disinfectant (chlorine/bromine) and other parameters needed to ensure prevention of recreational water illnesses. Inspectors also verify that proper safety equipment and signs are present to keep the public safe from injury or drowning.
Other Helpful Information
NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Classes
Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water
- Healthy Swimming
- Chemistry Log
- Fecal Accident
- Cyanuric Acid Fact Sheet
- Staffing Plans and Zones of Surveillance
For log sheets, posters and other helpful information, visit the Swimming Pools, Spas and other Water Features page on the Montana Food and Consumer Safety website.
Call the Environmental Health Services 406.256.2770 to report a complaint.