Child Care Facilities

Steps You Must Take for Licensing and Compliance in Nevada >>>

Step 1 - Review the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 432A - Services and Facilities for the Care of Children:   

Step 2 -  Through the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health-Child Care Licensing:, a State license is required to operate a Child Care Facility. One portion of the licensing requirement includes a fire and life safety inspection. On behalf of the DPBH, the Division of the State Fire Marshal or his appointed designee will conduct the initial inspection and all required subsequent annual inspections. A license issued by the DPBH to operate a Child Care Facility is contingent upon a satisfactory fire and life safety inspection and issuance of a Certificate of Compliance. You can contact DPBH at:  Northern Nevada Office (775) 684-4463 and Southern Nevada (702) 486-3822 or

Step 3 - It is your responsibility to request a child care inspection through the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division.  Please remit the completed Child Care Inspection Request Form, Fire Escape Route Plan and $22.00 Certificate of Compliance fee to NSFM, 107 Jacobsen Way, Carson City, NV 89711.  Upon our receipt of the completed packet you will then be placed on an inspection list.  Please allow approximately 30-45 days for this process.  Go here to get the Child Care Inspection Request form:


Additionally if you are “new construction” or “remodeling” the facility, please contact the Nevada State Fire Marshal Fire Protection Engineering Bureau for those requirements.  You can reach them here: or call them at (775) 684-7510


What are my Fire Protection Requirements? What will I be Inspected for?

Child Care Facilities are categorized by licensed capacity and age to determine the fire protection requirements for such use.  Please click the link and use this document to determine your category and requirements as applicable:

**NOTE:  ALL SMOKE ALARMS are required to be interconnected and in new construction shall receive their power from building wiring.

This list is not all inclusive but may be used as a general guideline.  Specific requirements will be applied on a case by case basis.  It should also be understood that these requirements satisfy the minimum fire and life safety requirements as adopted by the State of Nevada and that the local authority may or may not impose stricter requirements as adopted by that jurisdiction.  It is YOUR responsibility to contact the local authority to ensure you meet their requirements in all cases.