Welcome to the State of California 

Centralized Applications Unit (CAU)

The Center for Health Care Quality’s Centralized Applications Unit’s (CAU) mission is to ensure standardization and consistency of the state licensing and federal certification application process.  

To better accomplish this mission and fully centralize the process, the CAU has absorbed all facility applications previously processed by the Center’s district offices. The CAU has increased staffing and is actively implementing efficiencies to improve the timeliness of processing applications.

Currently applications may take up to 6 or more months to process, subject to the completeness of the application upon submittal. This processing timeline also applies to requests for changes to existing facilities such as change of ownership, name, location, mailing address, services, beds, administrator and administrator designee, indirect changes in ownership, officers, governing board, director of patient care services and designee, geographical service area and stock transfers. Applicants should anticipate additional processing time for applications that require on-site surveys by the district office.


Licensing and Certification Forms

To obtain all facility licensing application and certification forms use the link below:



Where to Submit Completed Forms

All completed application packages must be submitted to the Licensing and Certification, Centralized Applications Unit at the address listed below.
DO NOT send any completed applications to the local district office.


For Regular Mail:

California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Program
Centralized Applications Unit
P.O. Box 997377, MS 3207
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377


Should you have any questions, please call (916) 552-8632 or send us an email at CAU@cdph.ca.gov.



Last modified on: 3/22/2017 2:59 PM