Steps For a Change of Ownership for Family Care Homes

To complete a change of ownership, read and follow these steps. Download the Change Licensure Application Packet (PDF, 155 KB).

  1. The current licensee contacts the county adult home specialist in the social service department for the county where the facility is located and informs the adult home specialist of the proposed change of business ownership. This contact should be made at least 30 days in advance of the proposed change.
    • Any proposed structural changes of building must be approved by the Construction Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation.
    • Unpaid fines for penalties imposed will result in denial of licensure. License applications will not be processed if there are any outstanding/unpaid fines for penalties.
  2. The adult home specialist communicates with the applicant to provide them with an orientation to adult care and to begin processing a new license application.
  3. The current licensee and the County Department of Social Services notify the residents of the proposed change, giving them the opportunity to make other plans. The residents are to be informed that the County Department of Social Services is available for assistance.
  4. The adult home specialist documents that the personnel requirements for all staff are met by reviewing the home's records. The adult home specialist collects information required for administrator approval which consists of the following:
    • Report of administrator qualifications for family care homes
    • Documentation of education (high school diploma, GED certificate, college credits or degree)
    • Three letters of reference
    • County criminal record check
    • Resume or letter of experience for Administrator-In-Training (AIT) exemption
    • Rule exam certificate
  5. Once the adult home specialist has obtained all needed documentation to complete the application and assessed the applicant's readiness to be licensed, the adult home specialist submits the following information to the Adult Care Licensure section in Raleigh:
    • Licensure Change Application (PDF, 202 KB) (Do not include license fee)
    • Administrator Approval Certificate
    • Letter from previous owner relinquishing ownership (this letter must specify the date of the change in ownership)
    • Approved fire and building safety inspection reports (dated within the previous 12 months)
    • Approved sanitation inspection report (dated within the previous 12 months)
  6. Upon receipt of the packet and verification of no outstanding fines, the Adult Care Licensure section notifies the prospective applicant of the receipt of packet and request of license fee.
    • The applicant must submit a non-refundable license fee of $315.00.
    • Payment should be made in the form of check, money order or certified check and must be payable to the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.
    • The adult home specialist or prospective applicant is contacted for any additional information.
    • Applicants who have never licensed a family care home in North Carolina must submit written policy and procedures in accordance with rule 10A NCAC 13G .1211.
    Unpaid fines for penalties imposed will result in denial of licensure. License applications will not be processed if there are any outstanding/unpaid fines for penalties.
  7. If all documentation is complete, the Adult Care Licensure issues an initial six-month new license to the applicant within 14 working days after receipt of payment fee.
  8. A survey will be conducted by staff with the Division of Health Service Regulation and County Department of Social Services after licensing.
  9. Licenses must be renewed annually using the Annual Renewal License Application and submitting a non-refundable annual license renewal fee of $315.00.

Mailing address of Raleigh Adult Care Licensure section:

Regular Mail:Express/Overnight Mail:
Division of Health Service Regulation Division of Health Service Regulation
Adult Care Licensure Section Adult Care Licensure Section
2720 Mail Service Center 801 Biggs Drive
Raleigh NC 27699-2720 Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Attn: License Materials Enclosed Attn: License Materials Enclosed

Adult Care Licensure Section (Raleigh Office) : 919-855-3765