Swimming Pools & Bathing Beaches

COVID-19 UPDATES 6/25/2021 for permitted swimming pools: 

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

Pool Operators

UPDATE July 1, 2021 -  Frederick County pool operator cards are $15.00 and good for three (3) years from date of course.  Cards are not available on a walk-in basis.  Please submit the below application information by email to MTeasley1@FrederickCountyMD.gov or place in the black dropbox outside Entrance A (entrance with flagpoles). Once information is received and processed, applicant will be notified that card can be picked up and paid for in person at the Health Department. If you have questions or need other arrangements, please call 301-600-1717.

  • Phone number
  • Current address
  • Copy of photo id
  • Copy of pool operator course completion certificate (*Must be an MDH-approved class. Go here to verify.)


Swimming Pools & Spas


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.

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.

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.


Forms for Pools & Pool Operators

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 Healthy Beaches.