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
A birth center is a licensed facility that is not an ambulatory surgical center, hospital or located within a hospital where births are planned to occur (following a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancy) away from the mother’s usual place of residence.
Reminder: Licensed birth centers must submit an annual report using the Agency’s online Birth Center Annual Reporting (BCAR) system no later than July 30 each year. Please see the Birth Center Annual Report section below for details.
Facilities must meet license requirements through the submission of a completed application, required documentation, and completion of satisfactory licensure and life safety surveys.
This includes new facilities and reactivation of an expired license. At least 60 days before the effective date, an applicant must submit a licensure application, fees, and supporting documents. When all required information is received and acceptable, licensure and life safety surveys will be scheduled. A license will be issued when documentation of successful licensure and life safety surveys are complete and filed. Note: A valid license is required before services can be provided.
The licensure application, renewal fee, and supporting documents must be submitted to the Agency 120 to 60 days prior to the expiration date. A late fee of $50 per day, up to 50% of the licensure fee or $500 (whichever is less), will be assessed for any application not received 60 days prior to expiration. A renewal application will not be accepted if the license is expired. An initial license application must be filed if the license has expired. Renew Online – Providers can now renew their licenses through the Agency’s Online Licensing application.
Chapter 408.803, Florida Statutes defines "Change of ownership" as: an event in which 51 percent or more of the ownership, shares, membership, or controlling interest of a licensee is in any manner transferred or otherwise assigned. This does not apply to a licensee that is publicly traded on a recognized stock exchange. Also, a change solely in the management company or board of directors is not a change of ownership.
The licensure application, fee, and supporting documents (see application checklist) must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the change of ownership. Before the application can be approved, any outstanding fees owed the State (owed by either party) must be paid and a bill of sale or other closing document signed by the buyer and the seller and showing the effective date of the transfer must be received by the Agency.
A change of physical address requires submission of an AHCA Form 3130-3001. Other documents that may be required include AHCA Form 3100-0008 and documentation verifying the applicant’s right to occupy the premises at the new address (i.e. warranty or quit claim deed; lease or rental agreement.)
Online Licensure - In addition to submitting license renewal applications online, licensees may also submit changes during the licensure period. Changes to the fictitious name, address, and personnel can be submitted by going to the online portal and creating a new application. Contact the licensure unit for additional information.
A licensee must inform the agency not less than 30 days prior to the discontinuance of operation and comply with the requirements listed in Chapter 408.810(4), Florida Statutes. The Birth Center Annual Report must be submitted prior to the termination date of the license.
Accreditation is voluntary. Accredited birth centers meeting Rule 59A-11.004(4), Florida Administrative Code, may be "deemed" to be in compliance with the licensure requirements. Deemed birth centers are not scheduled for routine on-site licensure surveys, although periodic Life Safety Code inspections are still required. Facilities must provide a complete copy of the most recent survey report indicating continuation as an accredited facility in lieu of inspections. The survey report should include correspondence from the accrediting organization containing:
Pursuant to section 383.325, Florida Statutes, this report will become part of the facility file maintained by our office and therefore will be considered public record. Facilities no longer accredited or granted accreditation status other than accredited or fail to submit the requested documentation will be scheduled for annual licensure surveys to be conducted by Agency field office staff.
Statutory Authority: Section 408.811(2), Florida Statutes
|Accrediting Organization||Web Address||Deemed for State Licensure|
|Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)||http://www.aaahc.org/||Yes|
|Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC)||https://birthcenteraccreditation.org/||Yes|
|The Joint Commission (TJC)||http://www.jointcommission.org/||Yes|
|AHCA Form 3130-3001||All application types||
Standard birth center application required to apply for or modify a birth center license.
Providers can use online licensure to submit renewal and change during licensure applications.
|AHCA Form 3110-1024||
|Please provide this information to comply with the reporting requirements of Chapter 408, Part II, Florida Statutes. Use of the form is not required if the same information is provided by other means.|
|Articles of Incorporation or similarly titled document as filed with the Florida Department State.|
|Proof of Right to Occupy Premises||Initial
Change of Address
|Any documentation verifying the applicant’s right to occupy the premises at the physical address of the birth center (i.e. warrant or quit claim deed; lease or rental agreement).|
|Compliance With Zoning Requirements||Initial
Change of Address
|Any documentation from a local government identifying the facility is in compliance with local zoning requirements.|
|Certificate of Occupancy||
Initial due to new construction.
Change of address due to new construction.
Specific documentation from a local government granting the right to occupy a facility.
|Contract between the owner and a management company for management of services.|
|Closing Document||CHOW||Bill of sale or similar document signed by the buyer and the seller indicating the date of transfer of ownership.|
|Statement of Outstanding Deficiencies||CHOW||Statement from the buyer assuring any uncorrected licensure survey deficiencies will be corrected timely.|
|Statement of Outstanding Payments||CHOW||Statement from the buyer identifying any outstanding balance owed AHCA, and indicating who will pay and when.|
|AHCA Form 3130-3003||
Birth Center Consent Form [21KB, PDF]
|Facility Records||Form for each patient to sign consenting to deliver in a birth center.|
|Fee Type||Amount||Who Pays||Due|
|Initial, renewal or CHOW Application||$392.80
(Annual licensure inspection fee $250 and annual life safety inspection fee $250.)
For initial applications, fee is to be submitted with the application.For renewal applications, fee is to be submitted upon written notification from the Agency advising the survey has been scheduled and the fee is due.
|Late Application||$50 per day, up to 50% of the licensure fee or $500 (whichever is less)||All late applications||If an application is not received at least 60 days prior to the anticipated effective date. Payment can be made any time during the application process or upon issuance of a final order.|
Section 383.327, Florida Statutes requires each birth center to submit an annual report to the Agency as prescribed by Agency Rule 59A-11.019, Florida Administrative Code. Reports must be submitted through the Agency's online Birth Center Annual Reporting (BCAR) system. Annual reports must be submitted to the Agency no later than July 30 each year.
Links to the BCAR online system, reporting system guide, and related questions and answers are below:
This form provides the procedures for notification of options available to a mother who has experienced a spontaneous fetal demise of less than 20 weeks gestation. This form is to be used by hospitals and birth centers and is similar to a Department of Health form that would be used by health care practitioners. The form is required by section 383.33625, F.S., the Stephanie Saboor Grieving Parents Act, and section 59A-3.281, F.A.C.
Disposition of Fetal Remains Form - AHCA Form 3100-006 [55KB, PDF]
A level 2 background screen is required of the administrator responsible for the day to day operations of the facility and the chief financial officer. Please visit the Agency's background screening web page for additional information regarding vendors, fees, locations etc. Background screens must be repeated every 5 years.
Department of Health approval is required for onsite sewage disposal systems regulated by Chapter 64E-6, F.A.C. Please visit the Department of Health’s Onsite Sewage Programs webpage and select the Interagency Coordination Regarding Regulated Establishments link. The approval form is at the end of the document.