(a)  An application for a license to operate a family care home for adults in an existing building where no alterations are necessary or a home which is to be constructed, added to or renovated shall be made at the county department of social services.

(b)  If during the study of the administrator and the home, it does not appear that the qualifications of the administrator or requirements for the home can be met, the county department of social services shall so inform the applicant, indicating in writing the reason and give the applicant an opportunity to withdraw the application.  Upon the applicant's request, the application shall be completed and submitted to the Division of Health Service Regulation for consideration.

(c)  The applicant shall submit the following forms and reports through the county department of social services to the Division of Health Service Regulation:

(1)           the Initial Licensure Application;

(2)           an approval letter from the local zoning jurisdiction for the proposed location;

(3)           a photograph of each side of the existing structure and at least one of each of the interior spaces if an existing structure;

(4)           a set of blueprints or a floor plan of each level indicating the layout of all rooms, room dimensions (including closets), door widths (exterior, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen doors), window sizes and window sill heights, type of construction, the use of the basement and attic, the proposed resident bedroom locations including the number of occupants and the bedroom and number (including the ages) of any non-resident who will be residing within the home;

(5)           a cover letter or transmittal form prepared by the adult home specialist of the county department of social services identifying the prospective home site address, the name of the contact person (including address, telephone numbers, fax numbers), the name and address of the applicant (if different from the contact person) and the total number and the expected evacuation capability of the residents; and

(6)           a construction review fee according to G.S. 131E-267.

(d)  The Construction Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation shall review the information and notify the applicant and the county department of social services of any required changes that must be made to the building to meet the rules in Section .0300 of this Subchapter along with the North Carolina State Building Code.  At the end of the letter there shall be a list of final documentation required from the local jurisdiction that must be submitted upon completion of any required changes to the building or completion of construction.

(e)   Any changes to be made during construction that were not proposed during the initial review shall require the approval of the Construction Section to assure that licensing requirements are maintained.

(f)   Upon receipt of the required final documentation from the local jurisdiction, the Construction Section shall review the information and may either make an on-site visit or approve the home for construction by documentation.  If all items are met, the Construction Section shall notify the Adult Care Licensure Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation of its recommendation for licensure.

(g)   Following review of the application, references, all forms and the Construction Section's recommendation for licensure, a pre-licensing visit shall be made by a consultant of the Adult Care Licensure Section.  The consultant shall report findings and recommendations to the Division of Health Service Regulation which shall notify, in writing, the applicant and the county department of social services of the decision to license or not to license the family care home.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2.4; 131D-2.5; 131D-2.16; 143B-165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

ARRC Objection Lodged November 14, 1990;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 2004.