There are more than 1,200 public swimming pools in Wake  County. These include city, apartment and neighborhood pools.
  • Swimming Pool Plan Review – Plans for new or remodeled swimming pools can now be submitted online. Click the link below to the Permit Portal to begin the application process. There is a $250 plan review fee due at the time of submittal.

Submittal Guide for New Swimming Pools


  • CPO Certifications – All public swimming pool operators must be certified by Wake County and either the National Swimming Pool Foundation or the American Swimming Pool and Spa Association. Contact this office at 919-856-7400 for testing times and information for Wake County certification. The test is based on Wake County Swimming Pool Regulations.

  • VGB Compliance – Swimming pool main drains must be VGB compliant. Wake County requires a VGB compliance letter or a pool drain safety data sheet from a North Carolina registered Engineer or Architect for each public swimming pool, wading pool and spa when the original drain covers/grates are replaced at the end of their useful life rating. These documents must be signed and sealed by a NC registered Engineer or Architect upon submittal to Wake County. Submit new certification documents for review by emailing them to

  • Annual Fees – Be sure you pay your swimming pool fees each year. The cost for the annual operation permit is $300 and can be paid online.
  • Re-inspection Fees – During the pool season, if your swimming pool fails the permitting inspection, a $75 re-inspection fee is required prior to a second permitting visit. To pay this fee, you will need to be invoiced. Please complete the following steps:
    1. Create an account in the Permit Portal
    2. Call 919-856-7400 and choose Option 8 to speak with an agent to have invoice uploaded to your account.
    3. Pay the fee online.

  • Familiarize yourself with State rules and Wake County swimming pool regulations.

  • You should download a copy of the CPO Checklist to find out what you are expected to do to keep your swimming pool operational.





If your pool billing address
has changed, contact
us at 919-856-7400.

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