Aquatic Facility Permitting

The Environmental Division of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District permits public and semi-public swimming pools, spas, and interactive water features (PIWFs) such as splash pads in Wichita County. Permits are valid for one year and expire on March 31st each year. There are currently over 120 Aquatic Facilities (for Establishments with more than one pool, each pool is considered one Aquatic Facility) that are inspected routinely throughout the year by Health Inspectors.

Establishments must renew their permits each year that they wish to operate their pool(s), spa(s), and/or public interactive water features. They are also required to have at least one Manager of Operations or "Pool Manager" that has either completed the Health District's "Pool School" or has one of the following licenses (Class A & Class B Aquatic Facilities & Facilities with Public Interactive Water Features must have one of the following licenses):

  1. NRPA, “Aquatic Facility Operator”
  2. PHTA, “Certified Pool Operator” (also known as CPO)
  3. ASPSA, “Licensed Aquatic Facility Technician”
  4. An equivalent course which requires testing and provides certification that is approved by the local regulatory authority. 

Managers of Operations or "Pool Managers" are responsible for knowing and following all of the rules related to their Aquatic Facilities. This includes rules regarding Off Season and/or Closed conditions as well.


To file a complaint on a public or semi-public Aquatic Facility, please call 940-761-7820.