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Bulletin 2001-1
Issue Date: January 2001


SUBJECT:   Registration of Assisted Living Facilities
REFERENCE:  N.J.A.C. 5;23.311(a)8; 4.9(a)2 – U.C.C. Bulletin 98-3


During the last few years, numerous assisted-living facilities have been constructed in New Jersey. We have received many inquiries concerning the need to register these facilities and the correct category to place them in.

The Uniform Construction Code (UCC) has determined that all assisted-living facilities are use group I-2. Similar uses that are in the I-2 use group are hospitals and nursing homes. Please refer to Bulletin 98-3 from the Uniform Construction Code listing assisted-living residences as an I-2 use.

The corresponding life hazard use codes in the Uniform Fire Code would be CC02, CD02, and CE03 depending on capacity. The categories listed above are defined as “institutional and similar facilities including but not limited to hospitals and long term care facilities which house people suffering from physical limitation due to age, health, or handicaps”.

It is important to remember that many of these facilities house people of varying physical limitations and health. Since the facility is designed and built as an I-2 use, the facility could change over a short period of time the type of care being provided and house individuals suffering from more serious limitations without the need for a change of use.

Based on the above information, it has been determined that all assisted living facilities will be registered as an CC02, CD02, or CE03 use depending on capacity. This will also require quarterly inspections of these facilities.

Please review your areas of responsibility and ensure that all assisted living facilities are correctly registered.

 

 


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