Construction Requirements for New "Class-C"
of DQA 10-017 (PDF, 39 KB)
|| July 1, 2010 -- DQA Memo 10-017
Based Residential Facilities CBRF 09
|| Kevin Coughlin, Director
Bureau of Assisted Living
Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance
Construction Requirements for New "Class-C" CBRF
As a result of the revised Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DHS 83,
effective April 1, 2009, this memorandum is being issued to provide updated
information to Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) memorandum
DSL-BQA-04-016, issued July 21, 2004, concerning the Department's position
regarding the physical plant requirements for new Community Based
Residential Facility (CBRF) licensure, as these requirements relate to the
Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (WCBC).
The WCBC adopts and modifies the International Building Code (IBC).
Chapter 3 of the IBC controls the classification of commercial buildings in
relation to use and occupancy. Depending on the number of people being cared
for, and the extent of their physical condition, CBRFs will typically be
classified as I-1, I-2, R-3 or R-4 under the WCBC.
Note: Small CBRFs serving 5 to 8 persons can be constructed to
the Uniform Dwelling Code standards in Wisconsin Administrative Code,
Chapters Comm 20 to 25
Regarding the I-1 group, Section 308.2 of the WCBC states, "The
occupants are capable of responding to an emergency situation without
physical assistance from staff." Under Wisconsin Administrative Code,
§ DHS 83.04, a "Class-C" CBRF may admit residents who are not
mentally or physically capable of responding to an electronic fire
alarm and exiting the facility without help or verbal or physical prompting.
Thus, the I-1 group's standard is inconsistent with the requirements of §
DHS 83.04, Wis. Admin. Code. However, the I-2 group, Section 308.3 of the
WCBC states the occupants "are not capable of self-preservation."
This is consistent with § DHS 83.04.
For the above reasons, Class-C CBRFs of nine (9) or more beds, i.e.,
commercial size, seeking licensure in a new structure will be
reviewed by DQA under the I-2 group and must be constructed as an IBC Group
If you have any questions concerning this memorandum, please contact the
Assisted Living Regional Director for your county. http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/rl_DSL/Contacts/alsreglmap.htm
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