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
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.
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, American Osteopathic Association's Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality or Det Norske Veritas. 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.
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.
A Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC) regarding Proposed Rule 59A-3.256, F.A.C. was drafted in response to the receipt of a Lower Cost Regulatory Alternative. A copy of the SERC is available here: Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs [7.43MB, PDF]