Camp SITE application instructions

Dear Camp SITE Applicant:

This informational packet will provide the following:

  • Camp SITE license application procedure.
  • Application Fee procedure.
  • Livescan Fingerprinting requirements for certain individuals.
  • Assignment of a Camp Licensing Consultant.
  • Staff and volunteer Criminal History Check No Fingerprint instructions.
  • Environmental Health Inspection procedures.
  • Fire Safety Inspection procedures.
  • Onsite Inspection

Camp SITE and PROGRAM applications are licensed separately. Camp administrative rules Part 2 (Fire Safety) and Part 3 (Environmental Health and Safety) are specific to a SITE license. Licensed SITE’s are either a Site Residential or a Site day classification. While a SITE Residential license may facilitate both day and residential camp programs, a SITE Day license is limited to day camp’s only. Annual environmental health and biannual fire inspections are required for residential camps. Some day camp may require an environmental inspection and therefore, you are encouraged to discuss with your assigned licensing consultant if this is necessary for your SITE license.

SITE Application:
Please review, complete and submit the SITE application. The SITE application must be submitted each year by May 1st for timely license issuance. The application is required to schedule an annual inspection, maintain accurate licensing data, and to ensure ongoing compliance.

You can access the SITE application by clicking on:
Camp Site License Application, BCAL 3328S

SITE Application Fee:
An application fee must be paid for a new license.

Send a check or money order payable to the STATE OF MICHIGAN, along with your application, to:

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Community and Health Systems
P.O. Box 30664
Lansing, MI 48909-8164

The non-refundable fee schedule for SITE license is:

Children’s Camp Capacity




101 or more




Adult Foster Care Camp, All Capacities





Livescan Requirements for Certain individuals:
Person’s applying, Licensee Designee’s, Chief Administrators, and Program Directors are required to complete Livescan fingerprint Criminal History Check (CHC). Instructions to comply with this requirement can be found at, locate the Resources section, and select Criminal History Check Livescan Fingerprint Instructions. If you are an administrator for both a Program and Site license, please indicate both license numbers on your clearance forms.

Camp consultant assignment:
A Camp Licensing Consultant will be assigned to your application once the licensing unit has determined the application is complete, the fee is paid, and CHC Livescan Fingerprinting of required individuals is done. The Camp Licensing Consultant will then ensure compliance with the following:

  1. Public Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973, as amended and Licensing Rules for Children’s and Adult Foster Care Camps.These documents can be found at in the Rules & Statutes section.

  2. Camp policies and procedures as listed at in the Resources section titled Sample Policies, Procedures and Forms.

  3. Compliance verification of staff and volunteer consistent with CHC requirements located at in the Resources section titled Criminal History Check No Fingerprint Instructions.

  4. Environmental health inspection by the local county health department must be completed. Payment for this inspection is the responsibility of the licensee.The Environmental Health "A" certification is necessary prior to license issuance.

  5. Qualified Fire Inspector (QFI) inspection is required. The fee for a QFI inspection is the responsibility of the licensee. The camp must contract with a QFI listed in the Fire Safety Inspections – CAMPS document found in the section titled Licensing & Requirements located at Only the inspection of a listed QFI will ensure compliance. The QFI will review their inspection findings with the camp at the end of the inspection and later provide a written report to the camp and licensing consultant.

  6. Any building that is used by campers must comply with fire safety regulations throughout the entire year regardless of camp session dates. A SITE license must receive an “A” certification from a QFI.A site license will not be renewed if the QFI inspection is outdated or “A” certification is not issued.

  7. Once items 1-5 are complete, the Camp Licensing Consultant will schedule an onsite inspection.

Should you have any additional questions or problems, feel free to contact the licensing unit 866-685-0006, Steve Seager 989-745-1840, or Jarrah Buch 269-615-6200