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In the State of Florida, all assisted living facilities (ALF) must obtain and maintain a standard license from the Agency for Health Care Administration AHCA Assisted Living Unit.

For the purposes of licensing, an "assisted living facility" means any building or buildings, section or distinct part of a building, private home, boarding home, home for the aged, or other residential facility, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide housing, meals, and one or more personal services for a period exceeding 24 hours to one or more adults who are not relatives of the owner or administrator.

Any license granted by the agency must state the maximum resident capacity of the facility, the type of care for which the license is granted, the date the license is issued, the expiration date of the license, and any other information deemed necessary by the agency.

It is unlawful to own, operate, or maintain an assisted living facility without obtaining/maintaining a current ALF license. Any person who owns, operates, or maintains an unlicensed ALF commits a felony of the third degree. ALF licenses are required to be posted in a common area.

A complete license application packet, including forms and instructions, may be obtained by submitting a written request to AHCA, or the application packet may be downloaded electronically from the AHCA Assisted Living Unit. Written requests should be forwarded to:

Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
2727 MAHAN DRIVE, Mail Stop #30
(850) 412-4304

NOTE: There is a $10 fee for mailed copies of the license application. Written requests should include a check made payable to the Agency for Health Care Administration.


The biennial license fee required of a facility is $300 per license, with an additional fee of $50 per resident based on the total licensed resident capacity of the facility, except that no additional fee will be assessed for beds designated for recipients of Optional State Supplementation payments provided for in s. 409.212. The total fee may not exceed $11,048, no part of which shall be returned to the facility. TheAHCA Assisted Living Unit shall adjust the per bed license fee and the total licensure fee annually by not more than the change in the consumer price index based on the 12 months immediately preceding the increase.

NOTE: The agency may adjust the per bed and the total licensure fee annually based on the change in the consumer price index.

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