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Health care facility LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

Phone: (916) 552-8632
Email:  CAB@cdph.ca.gov  
For application status requests, please include the following in your email:
  • Name of Facility or Agency
  • License or Facility/Agency # (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Facility or Provider Type
  • Date Documentation Sent
  • Contact Number


Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Change of Medical Director

Application Packet

A State license is required to operate as a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) in California. A SNF is "a health facility that provides skilled nursing care and supportive care to patients whose primary need is for availability of skilled nursing care on an extended basis," pursuant to Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1250(c). A SNF also means "a health facility or a distinct part of a hospital which provides continuous skilled nursing care and supportive care to patients whose primary need is for availability of skilled nursing care on an extended basis. It provides 24-hour inpatient care and, as a minimum, includes physician, skilled nursing, dietary, pharmaceutical services and an activity program", pursuant to Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 72103.

To report a Change of Medical Director, you must compete the required application packet. Refer to Health and Safety Code section 1261.4 for information regarding a Change of Medical Director.

How to Apply

An applicant must submit a completed application packet to the Centralized Applications Branch (CAB). The provider instructions are a resource to guide you through the process. The provider checklist identifies the required forms and supporting documents needed to apply for licensing. 

Please refer to the following links to get started:

Application Packet Forms

Applicants must complete and submit the following forms in the application packet:

Where to Submit Applications

Submit completed application packets to the CAB at the address listed below.  Do not send any completed application packets, forms, or supporting documents to the local CDPH, District Office.

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


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