Health Facilities Plan Review - Construction Permit

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Facilities Engineering Section (HFES) reviews the design & construction of health care facilities to ensure that safe, efficient, and effective delivery of healthcare is supported. A plan review and construction permit are needed before contracting for and initiating a construction project involving new construction, additions, modernizations, or conversions of a health facility or agency with a capital expenditure of $1,000,000.00 or more, a person shall obtain a construction permit from the department. To protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the department has promulgated rules to require construction permits for projects other than those described above.

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Health Facilities Construction Permit


Public Health Code - Act 368 of 1978


Hospital Licensing Rules; Nursing Home Licensing Rules; Freestanding Surgical Outpatient Facility Licensing Rules; Hospice Licensing Rules; Homes for the Aged Licensing Rules; Conditions of Participation for Medicare/Medicaid


 1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit)

Construction or Renovation of a Health Care Facility

 2.  Pre-Application Requirements

Homes for the Aged - Apply for licensure with Department of Human Services; Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Freestanding Surgical Outpatient Facilities - Certificate of Need (if applicable)

 3.  Application Submission Requirements

Requirements include Application for Plan Review Form, Plan Review Fee (see application for fee schedule), Operational Narrative, and Plans & Specifications sealed by an architect or engineer registered in the State of Michigan.

 4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval

Submit application, plan review fee, operational narrative, schematic plans and receive comments in less than 6 weeks. Submit preliminary plans with response to comments, and receive additional comments in less than 6 weeks. Submit final plans and specifications with response to comments, and receive additional comments in less than 6 weeks. Submit acceptable response to all comments, obtain Bureau of Fire Services approval, and receive Construction Permit.

 5.  Operational Requirements

Not Applicable

 6.  Fees

Based on Project Cost - Calculation available on application form

 7.  Appeal Process

No formal process prescribed.

 8.  Public Input Opportunities

Not Applicable

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Revised:  September 2013