Assisted Living Facilities/ Adult Family Care Home Conversion
Residential Houses Converting to Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)/Adult Family Care Home (AFCH)
A Change of Occupancy permit will be required per the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC), 5th Edition, NFPA 1- 184.108.40.206. This needs to be applied for at the Building Division at City Hall. A copy of a site plan and a floor plan, showing the intended layout of all rooms, is required for submittal. On the floor plan, identify bed locations, exit locations, and Certified 5 lb. fire extinguisher locations. Also include with the floor plan lay-out the number of residents and their evacuation capabilities (impractical, prompt or slow).
FFPC NFPA 101-
- 220.127.116.11 Impractical Evacuation Capability. The inability of a group to reliably move to a point of safety in a timely manner (more than 13 minutes).
- 18.104.22.168 Prompt Evacuation Capability. The ability of a group to move reliably to a point of safety in a timely manner that is equivalent to the capacity of a household in the general population (3 minutes or less).
- 22.214.171.124 Slow Evacuation Capability. The ability of a group to move reliably to a point of safety in a timely manner, but not as rapidly as members of a household in the general population(over 3 minutes but not in excess of 13 minutes).
All clients must have sleeping facilities in bedrooms. They cannot sleep in living rooms, garages, on porches, lanais, etc.
Please provide copies of any State paperwork required for licensing.
Per the Florida Building Code, Section 903.2.8, fire sprinklers are required in all ALFs, AFCHs, Group Homes, and alike regardless of the number of residents. Per FFPC 5th ed., NFPA 101-126.96.36.199.3(1), the system shall be in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and shall initiate the fire alarm system in accordance with 188.8.131.52.1.
A fire sprinkler permit shall be applied for by a State of Florida licensed fire sprinkler contractor.
A fire alarm permit shall be applied for by a State of Florida licensed fire alarm contractor.