Pools & Beaches

Recreational Swimming Pools

The Concord Health Department licenses and inspects all public and semi-public swimming
pools for compliance with the minimum standards for swimming pools, according to the 105 CMR 435 (PDF). For additional guidance documents and program updates please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Community Sanitation website.

Please be aware of the 2010   ADA Accessibility Requirements for Existing Swimming Pools at Hotels and Other Public Accomodations  
Aerial View of Swimming Pools
If you plan to operate a Swimming Pool in 2016, please take a moment and view the Self-Certification Form (PDF). Completed forms should be submitted to the Health Department no later than May 1, 2016. Please note that your annual permit renewal form will be mailed to you, but it should be returned at the same time as the Self-Certification Form.

Please be advised that you are required to schedule an appointment with our office to review your facility prior to opening. Pre-operational pool inspections are scheduled for the weeks of Monday May 9 - Thursday May 26, if you intend on opening for the Memorial Day Weekend.

It is important that you have your pool ready for these inspections. If your pool is not in full compliance at the time of your inspection, your permit will not be issued.

Bathing Beaches

The Concord Health Department licenses and inspects all public and semi-public bathing beaches within the Town of Concord. Bathing beaches are required to meet the Minimum Standards for Bathing Beaches 105 CMR 4450, view the 105 CMR 4450 (PDF). Beaches are tested weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Bathing Beach
If water testing results indicate a bacterial count that exceeds allowable limits, the Concord Board of Health will post a warning sign that reads "Swimming May Cause Illness." Subsequent testing will be performed until the bacterial count has returned to "within normal limits." All warning postings will be removed at that time.

Walden Pond is a state run facility and is inspected by The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The hot line number for state beach water quality is 617-626-4972, the recording is updated daily.