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Centralized Applications Branch (CAB)

The Center for Health Care Quality (the Center), Licensing and Certification Program’s Centralized Applications Branch (CAB) mission is to ensure standardization and consistency of the state licensing and federal certification application process. 

To better accomplish this mission and implement a standardized process, the CAB has absorbed all health care facility and agency applications previously processed by the Center’s district offices. The CAB has increased staffing and is actively implementing efficiencies to improve the timeliness of processing applications.

The CAB processes applications in the order in which they are received. Processing times for applications and other reports of changes vary widely due to complexity of application or reported change. CAB will notify applicants with contact information once an analyst is assigned to process the application.

This processing timeline applies to initial applications, change of ownership, and requests for Change of Administrator; Change of Administrator Designee; Change of Bed; Change of Director of Nursing; Change of Director of Patient Care Services; Change of Director of Patient Care Services Designee; Change in Geographical Service Area; Change of Governing Board; Change of Indirect Ownership; Change of Location, Change of Management Company; Change of Medical Director; Change in Mailing Address; Change of Name, Change of National Provider Identity; Change of Property Owner; Change of Service and Change of Stock Transfer.

Applications for Licensing and/or Certification of a Health Care Facility or Agency

Please click on the appropriate facility or provider type below to access the forms and documents that are required for licensure. If applying for a licensure category that is not listed below, please email for instructions.

Applicants should anticipate additional processing time for applications that require on-site surveys by the district office.

License Renewal

The CDPH Fiscal Services and Revenue Collection Unit (Fiscal) will notify a provider that its license is expiring 120 days prior to its expiration. Fiscal staff will mail a Notice of Expiration and Application for Facility License Renewal form (renewal form) to the provider which provides the renewal fee information. Prior to CAB issuing the renewal license, the provider must submit its renewal licensing fee, any outstanding fees/penalties, and the renewal form to:

California Department of Public Health
Center for Health Care Quality
Licensing and Certification Program
Fiscal Services and Revenue Collection Unit
P.O. Box 997434 MS 3202
Sacramento, CA 95899-7434


Report of changes submitted with renewal applications will not be reflected on the license. The change will be completed separately.

If the renewal licensing fee is paid and a renewal form has not been received, the license will not be renewed.  Upon notification from Fiscal that the fee payment has cleared and the renewal form has been received, the CAB will renew and issue the license. A renewal license can only be generated within 30 days of the license expiration date regardless of when the fee and renewal form has been received. To ensure that your renewal form and license will be sent to the correct address, please make sure that you notify CAB if your mailing address or location has changed at least within 10 business days of the occurrence. Once the license is renewed and issued, it can take up to 10 business days to receive the original license in the mail.  You may send any questions regarding your renewal to

Hospital Applications

Processing timeline for APH/GACH applications have recently changed. Health and Safety Code Section 1272 states that all applications for these facility types must be approved or denied within 100-calendar days, including 30 business days for survey. In order to facilitate timely processing of applications, CAB strongly encourages providers to submit applications for projects nearing or after completion.

 The Department developed a centralized applications advice program to assist hospitals in identifying and completing the correct paperwork and other requirements necessary to modify, add, or expand a service or program. For additional information, please contact

 Keep in mind onsite projects require Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or email/letter from OSHPD stating that no OSHPD approval is necessary. Offsite projects require local building authority CO and the form CDPH 270, which can be found at: Certification Form for Clinics and Freestanding Outpatient Clinic Services of a Hospital (PDF).

Report of Change Requests

All licensees are required to report the following changes: ownership, name, location, beds, services, number, and staff in order to remain in compliance with the licensure agreement. These requested changes should be made by sending your fee and application to CAB for processing.

  • Change in Geographical Service Area
  • Change in Mailing Address
  • Change of Administrator
  • Change of Administrator Designee
  • Change of Beds
  • Change of Director of Nursing
  • Change of Director of Patient Care Services (HHA/Hospice only)
  • Change of Director of Patient Care Services Designee (HHA/Hospice only)
  • Change of Governing Board
  • Change of Indirect Ownership
  • Change of Location
  • Change of Management Company
  • Change of Medical Director 
  • Change of Name 
  • Change of National Provider Identifier
  • Change of Property Owner
  • Change of Services
  • Change of Stock Transfer

Where to Submit Completed Forms

All completed application packages and report of change requests must be submitted to the Licensing and Certification, Centralized Applications Branch at the address listed below. Do not send any completed applications to the local district office.

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

Application Status or Questions

Submit the following information to our CAB mailbox at

For APH/GACH related inquiries, submit the following information to our Hospital mailbox at

  • Name of Facility or Agency
  • License or Facility/Agency # (if you already have one)
  • Address
  • Facility or Provider Type
  • Date documentation sent
  • Contact Number

Contact Us :

Phone: (916) 552-8632


Staff will respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.

As of September 20, 2018, the online Electronic Initial Licensing Application for Intermediate Care Facilities, Management Companies, Primary Care Clinics, and Skilled Nursing Facilities has been temporarily removed. All applications submitted via the electronic application system are being processed in the order received. For questions regarding the status of an electronic application, please contact the Centralized Applications Branch at 916-552-8632. We apologize for any inconvenience and will issue an All Facilities Letter when the electronic application is available online.

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