Swimming Pools & Bathing Beaches

COVID-19 UPDATES 6/1/2021: 


The Frederick County Health Department is permitted pools for the outdoor 2021 season.  See the link above for the requirements and guidelines concerning COVID-19 from the Maryland Department of Health, CDC and the Governor.

Pool Operators

To get your Frederick County pool operator card, mail or place in our drop box (by Entrance A) the information below and we will mail your pool operator card back to you.

  • Your phone number
  • Address to mail pool operator card to
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Copy of the certificate from your pool operator class that is recognized by MDH
  • Check for $15.00 made out to FCHD

Our mailing address is:

Frederick County Health Department
Environmental Health
350 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702


Bathing Beaches

Frederick County has a bathing beach that is open to the pubic in Cunningham Falls State Park. Water sampling and inspections are conducted and complaints are investigated. For further information about bathing beaches throughout Maryland please check out Maryland Health Beaches.

Swimming Pools & Spas


The Frederick County Health Department has begun outdoor pool pre-opening inspections.  Please keep in mind that pools will need to follow Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s orders and therefore while pre-opening inspections may be scheduled/completed, permitting will not occur until Governor Hogan has approved pools to open.   In addition, all pools must demonstrate that any additional requirements set forth by Governor Hogan or the Department of Health can be met.  Once the approval has been given to open pools, any additional criteria has been satisfied and the Health Department has all required paperwork and fees then the pool will be permitted to open.   If you have not been contacted for scheduling please contact us at LPfeiffer@FrederickCountyMD.gov


  Indoor and outdoor public swimming pools and spas are licensed by the Frederick County Health Department. Inspections are conducted prior to pool openings and during the season. Pool operators that are working in Frederick County will need a Frederick County Pool Operator's Card issued by the Health Department.

To get information about obtaining a Frederick County Pool Operator's Card or to make a complaint about a public swimming pool please call the FCHD at 301-600-1717.


Effective December 15, 2017
Permit application processing within Environmental Health Services will end at 4:30 p.m.  This includes, but is not limited to burning permits, temporary food permits, pool operator permits, well and septic permits, etc.  Permit applications can be applied for between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Forms for Pools & Pool Operators