What should I do if I’m relocating my child care center?
Both certificates of occupancy and use permits are tied to a specific property, and are not transferable. If you are moving your childcare to a new location, you need to obtain a new certificate of occupancy (CO) and/or use permit.
The number of children listed on my certificate of occupancy is less than the number on my child care license, how many children can I provide care for?
There are several codes and regulations which set the maximum number of children that a child care facility can accommodate. The standards of all codes and regulations must be met. Whenever there are different numbers indicating the maximum number of children, it is best to assume that the lower (or lowest) number is the maximum number of children allowed.
For example, the County Board approves a child care center for up to 55 children. When the certificate of occupancy application is reviewed by the Inspection Services Division (ISD) for building code compliance, it is discovered that the space is only permitted to have 45 children under the building code. Despite being approved for 55 children by the County Board, the building code only permits 45 children, so no more than 45 children would be allowed.
I’m planning on opening a family day care home for 5 or less children. Do I still need a certificate of occupancy?
All child care centers and family day care home require a certificate of occupancy. For child care centers and family day care home with 6 or more children, the County Board must approve a use permit before a certificate of occupancy can be issued. For family day care homes of 5 or less children, a certificate of occupancy can be issued without first obtaining use permit approval.