Residential Facilities

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

Step 1 - Review the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 449 - MEDICAL AND OTHER RELATED FACILITIES:   

Step 2 -  Regardless of the type of facility, you must first go through the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health - Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (HCQC) to apply for a new license, change of name, change of owner, change of administrator, change of location, change of suite number, change of endorsement/certification or increase/decrease/change of category of beds.  To contact them please go to this website: or call them at (775) 684-1030 

Step 3 - Once HCQC has the documentation they require for license processing, their office will contact the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division (NSFM) to request a Fire/Life Safety Inspection and ultimately the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance (one of the requirements for licensing).  Upon a clear Fire/Life Safety Inspection you will be invoiced $22.00 for the Certificate of Compliance.


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?

Residential Licensed Group Care Facilities are categorized by the number of clients and the level of care needed for each client (Category 1 or 2).  The licensing agency (HCQC) will determine the category for each patient based on his/her ability at self-evacuation.  Together, the number of clients and care given will translate to an occupancy type (R-3, R-4, I-2) as defined by the International Fire Code (IFC).  It is this occupancy type that will determine the minimum fire and life safety requirements for each facility: 


**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.