Construction Requirements for New 'Class-C' CBRF
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|| October 24, 2011 -- DQA Memo 11-027
Based Residential Facilities CBRF 14
|| Kevin Coughlin, Director
Bureau of Assisted Living
Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance
David Soens, Director
Office of Plan Review and Inspections
Construction Requirements for New 'Class-C' CBRF Sturctures
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information on the
Department's position regarding the physical plant requirements for new
community-based residential facility (CBRF) licensure, as these requirements
relate to the application of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (WCBC).
CBRFs are licensed according to Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 83. Commercial
structures are designed to the requirements in the 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 I-2, I-1, R-3 or R-4. In addition, a small CBRF serving 5 to 8
persons can be constructed to the Uniform Dwelling Code standards in Wis.
Admin. Code chs. Comm 20 to 25.
According to Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 83.04(2)(d)(e) & (f),
(d) Class C ambulatory (CA). A class C ambulatory CBRF serves only
residents who are ambulatory but one or more of whom are not mentally
capable of responding to a fire alarm by exiting the CBRF without any help
or verbal or physical prompting.
(e) Class C semi-ambulatory (CS). A class C semi-ambulatory CBRF serves
only residents who are ambulatory or semi-ambulatory, but one or more of
whom are not physically or mentally capable of responding to a fire alarm
by exiting the CBRF without help or verbal or physical prompting.
(f) Class C non-ambulatory (CNA). A class C non-ambulatory CBRF serves
residents who are ambulatory, semi-ambulatory or non-ambulatory, but one
or more of whom are not physically or mentally capable of responding to a
fire alarm by exiting the CBRF without help or verbal or physical
IBC Group I-2 occupancies serve buildings and structures with persons
who are not capable of self-preservation.
Position: Class-C CBRFs of nine or more beds, i.e., commercial
size, seeking licensure in a new structure must be approved as an IBC
Please direct questions about the content of this memo to David Soens at
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Last Updated: October 26, 2011