(a)  In child care centers, the walls and ceilings, including doors and windows, of all rooms and areas shall be kept clean, free of visible fungal growth, and in good repair.  All walls and ceilings shall be easily cleanable and free of peeling, flaking, chalking, or otherwise deteriorating paint.

(b)  Walls and ceilings in rooms in which food is stored, handled or prepared, utensil‑washing rooms, and toilet rooms shall be nonabsorbent.  Acoustic and other ceiling material may be used where ventilation precludes the possibility of grease and moisture absorption.  For child care centers licensed for fewer than 13 children and located in a residence, ceilings of residential construction are acceptable if kept clean and in good repair.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110‑91;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; July 23, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2006; April 1, 2001.