With warmer weather returning, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses is sending a reminder about the requirements for swimming pool licensing for some landlords.

Anyone operating a body of water for public use, other than a natural swimming area, that is maintained exclusively for swimming or wading such as a swimming pool, spa, or hot tub – most commonly at condominiums, apartment complexes, and hotels – must have a valid license. Licensing is required in Denver to protect public safety for issues around safe storage and usage of chemicals, clean water, waste disposal, and overall safety of the pool area.

Those with private swimming pools used for family purposes are exempt from the license. In addition, renting out a private pool as a commercial business is prohibited in Denver.

New license applications and renewal applications can be accessed on our website. Licenses must be renewed yearly. If a license is not renewed before it expires, operations must cease until it is renewed. If you previously held a license and it is more than 90 days since it has expired, a new application must be submitted. A new license costs a one-time $100 for the application fee with a yearly cost of $200 for a pool that is open one to five months and $400 for a pool open all year such as an indoor public pool.

Those not in compliance with the swimming pool licensing requirement in Denver could be issued a citation and fine from $150 up to $999 due within 14 days of issuance.

A license application can be sent online, through the U.S. Postal Service or filed in-person with an appointment at our downtown Denver office (201 W. Colfax Ave., Department 206).

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