Jack Plagge, Manager
Hospital & Outpatient Services Unit

Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #31
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Telephone: (850) 412-4549
Florida Relay Service (TDD): (800) 955-8771
Fax: (850) 488-5897
Email: hospitals@ahca.myflorida.com

A hospital offers services more intensive than those required for room, board, personal services and general nursing care, and offers facilities and beds for use beyond 24 hours by individuals requiring medical, surgical, psychiatric, testing, diagnosis, treatment, or care for illness, injury, deformity, infirmity, abnormality, disease, or pregnancy. Also available are clinical laboratory services, diagnostic X-ray services, and treatment facilities for surgery, obstetrical care, or other definitive medical treatment of similar extent.

Emergency Status System

Emergency Status SystemThe Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) requires all licensees providing residential or inpatient services to use an Agency approved database for reporting its emergency status, planning or operations. The Agency approved database for reporting this information is the Emergency Status System (ESS).

Licensure Information

A license issued by the Agency for Health Care Administration is required in order to operate a hospital. It is unlawful for a person to use or advertise to the public, in any way or by any medium whatsoever, any facility as a "hospital" unless such facility has first secured a license under the provisions of Chapter 395, Part I, Florida Statutes and Chapter 408, Part II, Florida Statutes. This licensure does not apply to veterinary hospitals or to commercial business establishments using the word "hospital" as a part of a trade name if no treatment of human beings is performed on the premises of such establishments.

Hospitals must maintain current state licensure, but may choose to be Medicare certified and may choose to be accredited by The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality or DNV GL Healthcare. Accredited hospitals meeting Chapter 59A-3.253(3), Florida Administrative Code may be "deemed" to be in compliance with the licensure and certification requirements. Deemed hospitals are not scheduled for routine on-site licensure surveys. All hospitals are subject to periodic Life-Safety Code inspections.

Copies of licenses, applications, inspection reports and other documents issued by or submitted to the Agency are public record, but are not posted on this page. If you are searching for public records, please check the following sources:

If you cannot find what you are looking for on this page, please contact the Hospital and Outpatient Service Unit by calling (850) 412-4549. Links to certain topics are listed below. Click on the topic to jump to that section. This page contains general instructions, applications, forms and links to applicable regulations in order to obtain and maintain a Florida hospital license. In addition, lists of frequently requested hospital information are also included.


Effective July 1, 2018, the Agency discontinued the licensure program for health care risk managers. Each licensed hospital must continue to have a functioning risk management program and hire a qualified risk manager to oversee the program. The hospital's governing board will be responsible for hiring a risk manager based on the education and experience requirements in subsection 395.0197(2), Florida Statutes (2018).

State licensure of clinical laboratories ceased as of July 1, 2018. Applications for a clinical laboratory license effective on or after July 1, 2018 are no longer being accepted. After June 30, 2018 hospitals providing clinical laboratory services must maintain the appropriate CLIA certificate for the level of testing performed, or contract with an appropriately certified CLIA laboratory. In addition, information regarding alternate-site testing locations will be maintained as part of the hospital licensure file.

Online Applications – In addition to submitting license renewal applications online, licensees may also submit changes during the licensure period. Changes to the fictitious name, personnel, addresses, services, and number and type of licensed beds can be submitted by going to the online portal and creating a new application.  Contact the licensure unit for additional information.

Transparency in Health Care Legislation Effective July 1, 2016 (House Bill 1175) [88KB, PDF]

Transparency in Health Care Legislation, Additional Questions July 5, 2016 [353KB, PDF]

Licensure Requirements

Applications & Supporting Forms

Regulations & Requirements

Misc. Reporting Requirements

Emergency Services