Residential Care Licensing

Licensed Residential Care Facilities are facilities that are licensed by the State for a residentially based 24-hour care facility providing accommodation for six or fewer clients of any age. Clients may be classified as ambulatory, non-ambulatory or bedridden. The Director of Social Services determines the status of persons in such facilities.

Said facilities may include: 

  • Adult Residential Facilities
  • Congregate Living Health Facilities
  • Foster Family Homes
  • Group Homes
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
  • Small Family Homes and Residential Care for the Chronically

Large Family Daycare facilities also require licensing from the State. A Large Family Daycare is a provider's own home licensed to provide daycare for 9 to 14 persons of any age, where care is provided for less than 24 hours a day. These facilities may be classified as Adult Daycare Facilities, Family Daycare Homes, and Adult Day Support Centers. Additionally, Large Family Daycare facilities require a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Department. Please contact the Planning Department at 209-895-8020 for additional information.

As part of the licensing process, the Patterson Fire Department assists home operators by conducting site inspections to achieve the necessary fire clearance to be fully licensed.

Prior to your application,it is highly recommended that you request a pre-inspection of your home before submitting for your final clearance through the state agency to which you are applying to. Many times major issues can arise that will delay or prevent timely approval. A pre-inspection can catch these problems early on in the process, helping to bring your property into compliance as quickly as possibleThe California Health and Safety Code, Section 13235, allows for the charging of pre-inspection fees equal to the cost of the actual inspection.

Feel free to contact us for additional information at 209-895-8130.

*Please note: Final fire inspections and or clearances can be scheduled only upon receipt of the STD 850 (Fire Safety Inspection Request) from your State licensing agency or evaluator.