Childcare centers provide care for sixteen or more children on a regular basis. These facilities are licensed by Early Childhood and Family Support Division (ECFSD) and are annually inspected by a Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) from City-County Health Department's (CCHD) Environmental Health Division (EH).
New childcare centers must go through plan review and be approved by EH before they can be licensed. A plan review application must be filled out and submitted, along with a $150 plan review fee, before any new construction or remodel of an existing building takes place.
Failure to submit the city or county plan review application plans before construction or remodel may lead to costly mistakes; ECFSD will not license a new facility without approval from EH. EH should also be contacted before any major remodel or change of ownership to determine if a plan review and/or inspection is necessary.