Recreational Water Contact Facility Construction Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
The Water Recreation Program reviews the design and construction of new recreational water contact facilities.
Who issues this permit?
Department of Health
What activities require this permit?
New Construction
How much will this permit cost?
Varies based on facility features.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Plan Submittal Form Water Recreation Facility Construction Permit' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Engineered plans, equipment specifications, appropriate fees.
How long will it take to review my application?
Initial review provided within 30 working days.
Where do I submit my application?
How long is my permit valid?
Eighteen months. Applicants can file for an extension of up to one additional year.
Notes / Comments:
Please contact the program directly to request the permit application:
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 415
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 415

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 3
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 3

(Summary results based on 2 submittals in 2019, no data for current year)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Subject matter expert phone: 564-669-0845
Subject matter expert email:
Statewide Contact:
Department of Health
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Water Recreation Program
PO Box 47825
Olympia, WA 98504-7825
Telephone: (360) 236-3330
* Permit information last updated 2/16/2023