(a)  When construction or remodeling is planned, final working drawings and specifications must be submitted by the owner or the owner's appointed representative to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation for review and approval.  Schematic drawings and preliminary working drawings shall be submitted by the owner prior to the required submission of final working drawings.  The Department shall forward copies of each submittal to the Department of Insurance and Division of Environmental Health for review and approval.  Three copies of the plans shall be provided at each submittal.

(b)  Construction work shall not be commenced until written approval has been given by the Department.  Approval of final plans and specifications shall expire one year from the date granted unless a contract for the construction has been signed prior to the expiration date.

(c)  If an approval expires, a renewed approval shall be issued provided revised plans meeting all current regulations, codes, and standards are submitted.

(d)  Completed construction shall conform to the minimum standards established in these Rules.

(e)  The owner or designated agent shall notify the Department when actual construction starts and at points when construction is 75 percent and 90 percent complete and upon final completion, so that periodic and final inspections can be performed.

(f)  The owner or owner's designated agent shall submit for approval by the Department all alterations or remodeling changes which affect the structural integrity of the building, functional operation, fire safety or which add beds or facilities over those for which the facility is licensed.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑202;

Eff. June 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1996.