Even if the order is lifted in time for the season, can we still choose to not open?
Yes. If your facility chooses to not open the pool for the remainder of 2020 to avoid the need for maintenance by staff or encourage social distancing, you can opt to remain closed. You would obtain an Inactive Pool Permit instead of a “Year-Round” or “Seasonal” Permit for each water body holding those permit types our office. Pools or spas that are permitted as “Additional Pool/Spa (each)” would maintain their current permit type.
If we have already paid for our permit, do we have to pay for the Inactive Pool Permit and wait for a refund on for our regular permit fee?
If you have already paid for your regular operating permit, we will issue a refund for the difference in fees.
If we opted to obtain an Inactive Pool Permit but the situation improved over the summer, could we reopen in late summer or August and pay the permit fee difference?
No. Any facility that obtains an Inactive Pool Permit would agree to not open at all in 2020. Any requests for exception would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Our office does not prorate permits.
If we close the pool and/or spa, are we required to keep the pool deck open and/or adjacent building such as restrooms or clubhouses?
This is dependent upon the unique layout of your facility. For example, if it is necessary to keep adjacent buildings or structures open that are only accessible from the pool deck, the pool deck would need to be accessible and the pool secured. The pool/spa would be required to be covered with a safety cover meeting ASTM standard F1346-91 OR post a sign stating the pool is closed. This sign should be located in a conspicuous location. Water quality standards and water clarity must be maintained. Log test results weekly. Again, this is dependent upon the layout of your facility, if you have questions or concerns please email
What do you recommend for daily and deep cleaning to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our facility?
The CDC has created a helpful handout going over how to do every day cleaning and in the event that someone is sick. See links below for that handout and additional information from the CDC below.
In-depth information and resources for suspected/confirmed COVID-19 exposure:
Vancouver Parks & Recreation has closed all recreation areas and water features through July 31
, does this affect my facility since we are located within the City of Vancouver?
No. City of Vancouver’s closure or other parks department closures only affects facilities that they operate. Any facility can opt to extend or be more restrictive than Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order if they choose. However, a facility cannot elect to be less restrictive or open before the order ends.
How can my facility apply for an Inactive Pool Permit?