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Swimming Pools

swimmingThe purpose of the swimming pool inspection program is to protect, promote, and preserve the health, safety and general welfare of the public by providing for the establishment and enforcement of minimum standards for safety, cleanliness, and general sanitation for all swimming pools, spa pools, beaches, and public bathing places now in existence or hereafter constructed or developed, and to provide for inspection and licensing of all such facilities.

Inspection Jurisdiction

Johnson County Health and Environment inspects public and semi-public swimming pools, spas, and beaches in cities that have adopted the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. These cities are Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Stilwell, and Westwood. JCDHE has no authority to inspect swimming facilities located in cities not listed here. If you have concerns and your city is not listed, contact your city government.

A copy of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code can be found on our Forms and Fees page

InspectionsPool Inspector

Swimming facilities are inspected year round. There are currently more than 300 public and semi-public swimming facilities that are permitted and inspected in Johnson County. JCDHE performs routine inspections.


Please use this online form to submit a complaint or concern that you would like JCDHE to investigate.  This form can also be found under Report Pollution on the Environment menu.

Annual Permitting

Permitting for public or semi-public swimming pools, spas, and bathing beaches covers operation from April 1 to March 31. Every year permit applications are mailed to every facility having a pool, spa and/or wading pool that requires licensure. Every licensed establishment requires supervision by at least one licensed operator.

All public or semi-public swimming pools, pool spas, beaches, or public bathing places must obtain an annual operating permit no later than April 1st of each year.  Permit applications are mailed to the facilities by March 1st of each year.  Permits are valid for one year and are not transferable to new owners.

If a public or semi-public swimming facility does not renew by April 1st or is found to be operating without a current license, then the facility will be required to pay an amount equal to twice the normal annual permit fee.

If multiple pools are located at different addresses but are considered part of one complex, each pool must submit an application, pay the annual permit fee, and obtain a separate license.

Steps to a Successful Permit or Renewal Process

  • Fill out the permit application completely.
  • Submit the permit application by mail, along with the correct fee, by April 1st of each year,  A separate application and fee is required for pools with different addresses.
  • Ensure a currently licensed pool operator is listed on the application.

Things to Remember

Once you've received your permit for the coming year, there are important things to remember to ensure the safety of swimmers.

  • If the pool operator changes at any time, notify the Environment Division immediately.
  • Prior to opening, make sure the pool, pumps, filters, all safety equipment, signage, and chemicals are ready for use and in operating condition.
  • Notify the Environment Division of any changes to the pool or pumps.
  • Close the pool if any imminent health, water quality or safety issues are present in the pool.

What Happens to Waste

A lot of stuff is brought to the Philip J. Wittek Hazardous Materials Collection Facility. Some of it is offered free to the public through our product redistribution program. Other Items are disposed of through various environmentally responsible means.

Antifreeze is reprocessed by a local company. You can also dispose of antifreeze through your household sanitary sewer system, unless you are on a septic tank system. You should NEVER dispose of antifreeze in the storm sewer. It is ethylene glycol and is very toxic unless treated at a wastewater treatment plant.

BatteriesCar battery
Lead Acid (vehicle) batteries and rechargeable batteries are recycled. Alkaline batteries commonly used in products such as flashlights, toys, and pagers can be disposed of in the trash.

Latex Paint
Latex paint is not hazardous but is the most common product received at our Site. Good paint is used in our latex paint recycling program. Latex paint can be solidified with clay type kitty litter and thrown in the trash. Re-blended latex paint is available to the community groups, organizations, and the public.

Oil-based Paint, Solvents, Stains, Thinners
Bulked flammable liquids are reused as a fuel in cement kilns.

Non-hazardous Materials
GlueExamples of nonhazardous materials are alkaline batteries, caulk tubes, cement, solidified adhesives, glues, crack sealers and latex paint, rock salt, solid bacterial and enzyme drain cleaners, and some cleaning products such as laundry and dishwashing detergent. Some of these products are available for use through our product redistribution program. Many of these materials are disposed of in the municipal waste stream.

Poisons, Corrosives, Acids, Aerosols
These are disposed of by incineration or neutralized. Material is picked up by a hazardous waste contractor. Our current contractor is Philips Services Corporation which has a local office in Kansas City.

Propane Tanks
These are available to the public through our product redistribution program.Old tires

Tires are recycled through a local tire collection service for reuse or energy recovery.

Motor oilUsed Oil
Used oil is reprocessed by a local oil recycling company. You can also take your used oil to various local Jiffy Lubes, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores, and NAPA Auto Parts stores.


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Yard Waste & Composting

Recycle your Lawn

Leave it all on the lawn. Not only do grass clippings and leaves help retain moisture, they also return up to 25% of the nutrients back into the soil. University research recommends that you mulch your leaves and grass clippings using a mulching mower. By "grass-cycling" properly your lawn will look great and you can save money on feritilizing.

  • Johnson County K-State Research and Extension recommmends mowing right over leaves with a mulching mower. Proper mulch mowing of leaves and grass clippings can save you time and help your lawn.
  • Mow your lawn frequently and with up to one inch of fallen leaves at a time. The finely chopped leaves filter into the soil and breakdown over the winter into compost.
  • Through mulch mowing in the fall, you can incorporate up to six inches of leaves into your lawn without concern.
  • Dumping leaves in the storm drains or near streams can block the flow of water, cause flooding, and contribute to water quality problems. It is illegal to put anything other than clean rainwater down a storm drain. 


Compost in your backyard! Turn your grass clippings, leaves, and kitchen scraps into usable compost. For more great tips and videos check out Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Locations

Drop off your yard wastte at these compositing facilities. No plastic bags allowed. See their websites for more specific details.

Suburban Lawn and Garden
139th and Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO
(816) 941-2438

Deffenbaugh Industries*
I-435 and Holiday Drive, Shawnee, KS
(913) 631-3300

*Deffenbaugh has a permitted composting facility for yard waste within the property of the landfill and yard waste must be separate from trash and in compostable bags.

Planet Marrs Recycling
2701 Roe Lane, Kansas City, KS (I-35 and Roe)
(913) 888-0539

City of Olathe Composting (FOR OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY)
127th and Hedge Lane, Olathe, KS
(913) 971-9311

Curbside Pickup

Contract with your waste hauler to collect yard waste curbside for composting. View a list of licensed residential haulers.

More Info

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension are your expert resource for lawn and garden information. They can provide fact sheets, videos, and a gardening hotline to help you solve all your lawn and garden challenges. Visit www.johnson.k-state.edu and click on Lawn and Garden.


Environmental Complaints

Business hours for our office are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

If you believe the incident requires immediate response outside of business hours, but is not life-threatening, report it by calling our 24-hour response service at (913) 715-6900 and following the prompts in the message.

If you believe the incident is life-threatening, please call 9-1-1.

If the incident involves a chemical or petroleum product spill, gasoline odors inside buildings, or natural gas odors, please call 9-1-1.

We can only respond to swimming pool complaints if the facility is located within Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Stilwell, and Westwood.

Note: No personal information will be released. If you choose not to enter your name please enter "No Name". Providing your contact information as well as an address where the incident occurred are required for us to respond to this complaint. Your information will not be shared.

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