Office of Plans and Construction

Scott Waltz, Chief
Office of Plans and Construction
Division of Health Quality Assurance
Telephone: (850) 412-4477
Fax: (850) 922-6483

Nursing Home Emergency Rule information Regarding Generators (Emergency Power Rule)

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Nursing Home providers that will not meet the January 1, 2019 deadline per Rule 59A-4.1265, Florida Administrative Code, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes, please file a petition for a rule variance.


In effort to maintain social distancing in the workplace and control the spread of COVID-19, many of our reviewers are conducting Plan Reviews (Mail-Ins), Stand-Ups, and Surveys from home. Construction documents and other plans should be submitted in a PDF format. Documents that require signing and sealing may be electronically signed and sealed (every sheet) in accordance with the applicable rules (Florida Administrative Codes 61G1-16.005, 61G15-23.004, and 61G15-23.005). If design professionals are unable to electronically sign and seal documents, unsigned digital copies may be submitted with signed and sealed paper copies mailed to the office. Do not submit both electronically signed/sealed documents and paper copies . PDF drawings must be flattened (compressing all individual layers into a single layer), permission for commenting must be set to "allowed", and permission to change the document set to "not allowed". We are using Microsoft Teams to conduct Stand-Ups and some Surveys. Please use the hyperlinks above to access more information about the various review types or use of Microsoft Teams.

The Office of Plans and Construction is primarily responsible for ensuring that hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD) are safe, functional, and provide safety-to-life for the patients and residents.

This Office reviews and approves facilities' plans and specifications and surveys their construction. These licensed health care facilities must notify the Office of Plans and Construction in writing at the address below before any equipment replacements, renovations, additions, or new facilities are created. Plans and specifications for such activities must be approved before any construction begins. Architects, engineers and other specially trained plans and construction personnel survey facilities under construction and, when necessary, write reports for required corrections to the construction before approval of the project is given. See Information for Project Review Packet for more detailed instructions regarding the submissions of plans to this office.

Office of Plans and Construction
2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #24
Tallahassee, FL 32308



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