New Jersey Requires License for Pool Builders and Service Companies
On January 31, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a bill creating license requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in the State of New Jersey. The law will go into effect on July 30, 2019.
"Through the advocacy efforts of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, and our PennJersey and Metro NY/NJ Chapters, this law was developed to protect not only the residents of New Jersey but also the contractors and their employees that provide these services," said NESPA Executive Director Dominick Mondi. "By establishing a minimum level of training required for a pool contractor to work with electricity in and around a pool as well as other equipment including heaters, pumps, drain covers and essential barriers to pool entry - this license will markedly increase safety for everyone who works or plays around a pool or spa."
Have questions about licensing requirements in Connecticut?
NESPA and CONSPA have developed a comprehensive online resource designed to answer your questions about the Pool and Spa Maintenance and Repair License (SP-1 & SP-2) and the Swimming Pool Builder License.
Click here to find out the answers to frequently asked questions and to download the forms needed to apply for licensing in Connecticut.
Application Swimming Pool Builder License Form, Requirements and Worksheet
"Swimming pool" means a permanent spa or any in-ground or partially above-ground structure intended for swimming that is greater than twenty-four inches in depth, and "swimming pool builder" means a person who, for financial compensation, excavates and grades for and constructs and installs a swimming pool, including, but not limited to, tiling, coping, decking and installation of associated circulation equipment such as pumps, filters and chemical feeders.
Any person seeking a license as a Swimming Pool Builder shall apply to the commissioner on an application form provided by the commissioner. Such application form shall be verified under oath and shall include the applicant’s:
(2) Trade Name, if applicable;
(3) Business Address;
(4) Such other information as the commissioner may require in determining the qualifications of an applicant.
Application & Worksheet
State of Connecticut DCP offers Swimming Pool & Spa Apprentice Trainee Program
Registered Apprentices, under the indirect supervision of a Licensed contractor, may do minimal cleaning and basic chemical treatment work not in the presence of such licensed person provided that a licensed SP-1 employer contractor has certified to the Department of Consumer Protection in writing that such apprentice trainee has obtained the minimum experience which includes, 40 hours on the job training (“OTJ”) hours and related school instruction as required.
More Information and Trainee Application
State of Connecticut Repeals the Above Ground Pool Assembler's License
On June 30th, the Governor of Connecticut signed into law a bill that will repeal the Above Ground Pool Assembler’s License. The repeal is effective January 1, 2018.
No other Swimming Pool Licenses were impacted by this repeal.
Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) Licensing Resources
Answers to frequently asked questions on Maintenance Contractors, Service Contractor's License and Pool Builder's License
Download FAQ here
Nassau County, NY – How To Meet New Licensure Requirements
Nassau County New York is now requiring all Pool Builders, Service Contractors and Maintenance Contractors doing business in that County to hold a special endorsement on their Home Improvement Contractor’s License in order to build, service or maintain swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Below are the requirements for each license or Download the FAQs here.
For Pool Builders
The law requires that one individual (company owner, principal or officer) in the company seeking licensure (or renewal) must have a minimum of 5 years industry experience, which must be documented to the county officials, AND hold the CBP Certified Building Professional designation. The CBP designation can be achieved through an application and testing process.
Rockland County, NY Licensing
As of May 17, 2016, Rockland County requires contractors with license classification 25 (Swimming Pool Installation Contractor) or 26 (Swimming Pool Service Contractor) to supply proof of continuing education course completion with their new application or renewal. See below for education requirements.