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Federal Requirements for Health Care Facilities

State fire prevention inspectors inspect health care facilities that are licensed and regulated through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Health care facilities that are inspected include hospitals, kidney dialysis (end-stage renal disease) centers, intermediate care facilities, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical centers.

State Inspections

State fire prevention inspectors inspect facilities that are governed and regulated by the State. Schools, jails, prisons, day care centers, residential care facilities, assisted living programs, and group homes are just some of the state-regulated facilities inspected by the Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL).

State inspectors also conduct inspections for other building and occupancy types based on complaints. State inspectors do not inspect single- or two-family dwellings (e.g., duplexes) for fire code compliance.

International Fire & Building Code

Most state inspections are conducted using the 2015 International Fire Code, 2015 International Building Code, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards as referenced within the international codes.

661-201.2(100) General Provisions - International Fire Code (IFC) 2015 adoption section

661-301.3(103A) General Provisions - International Building Code (IBC) 2015 adoption section

Occupancy inspections are required to be conducted for all state-regulated buildings that have been newly built, remodeled, or had a change from one occupancy to another, before occupying the area. To request an occupancy inspection, contact the state fire prevention inspector for the area to schedule a time. There is an inspection fee of $150 for occupancy inspections.