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Adult Day Care

Contact the Food Safety and Sanitation Program

Licensing Agency

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Rule 58A-6

Physical Plant or Group Care Inspections?

No, there is no group care or physical plant inspection component from the Department of Health. However, the Department works with Adult Daycare Facilities to ensure safe food service practices. Please see the food hygiene web pages for additional information, application, and permitting standards.

Food Inspections?

Yes, DOH does inspect any level of food service whether catered in or provided directly by the facility.

Permitting depends upon the number of clients the adult day care is licensed for by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA):

16 or fewer clients:

AHCA Rules. 58A-6.009(2)(f) F.A.C. Electronic file unavailable. or DOH Rules - 64E-11.002- 64E-11.005 (205 K PDF). The food service is regulated by the local county health department.

Frequency: Once per year
Form Used: DH 4023

17 or more clients:

A state DOH food permit is needed when a facility serves food and has a maximum capacity of 17 clients or more.  Prior to opening or operating, a set of plans drawn to scale and a completed food hygiene permit application must be submitted to the local county health department for a food hygiene plan review. There is a fee associated with the required plan review. To apply for a food hygiene permit, please go to the food hygiene website or contact your local county health department's environmental health section. 

DOH Rules - 64E-11 (205 K PDF)

Application, plan review, and permit is required through the local county health department.


Frequency: Once per quarter or as determined by the level of food service
Form Used: DH 4023