This website provides information and instructions on how to submit plan reviews to the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) for the construction and remodeling of:
- Nursing homes
- Facilities serving people with Developmental Disabilities (FDD)
- Community based residential facilities (CBRF)
- Hospice inpatient facilities
- Other occupancies physically attached to a hospital, nursing home, CBRF, or hospice inpatient facility
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The authority for DHS plan review specifically relates to the building, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and fire protection system construction projects for the above listed health care facilities.
Pre-design meetings for all health care projects are structured to promote compliance with the appropriate codes, familiarize the design team with Wisconsin inspection processes, and establish communication links. As part of the process, it is highly recommended that a pre-design meeting be established with all stakeholders early in the early planning states of any health care project.
OPRI has regulatory authority for CBRF health care plan review. Potential CBRF projects are now addressed from pre-design through construction by a single agency – DHS. The Memorandum of Agreement Diagram (PDF, 15 KB) outlines the scope of health care plan review provided by our office.
DHS grants “permissions to start” for footings and foundations. The permission to start form, additional fee payment, completed application and construction/remodeling plan must all be submitted in order to grant this permission.
NOTE: Unique systems not reviewed by DHS for the providers listed above include plumbing systems, private onsite waste treatment, elevators, boilers, and mechanical refrigeration systems. These systems are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Safety and Professional Services for review. Information regarding their plan submittal process is available at: http://dsps.wi.gov/Plan-Review
OPRI Annual Report – 2015
The OPRI Annual Report 2015, P-01449 (PDF, 202 KB) includes information on project costs, life safety code citations and additional plan review related statistics.
OPRI News (last updated 9/29/16)
- CBRF and Hospice Projects Reviewed by Office of Plan Review and Inspection Only
Submittal and review is now streamlined to highlight the Department focus on efficiency. Potential CBRF projects are now addressed from pre-design through construction by a single agency.
CBRF and hospice projects subject to review by OPRI include new construction, additions, alterations or change of use as well as licensure changes. Construction document review by OPRI and conditional approvals shall precede municipal permitting for construction to proceed.
- Pre-Design Meetings Continue to Promote Project Success
Pre-design meetings for health care projects are structured to promote successful outcomes. The pre-design meeting, facilitated by OPRI representatives, brings together the owner/provider, designer(s), builder(s) as well as the local building and fire officials. The meeting addresses project scope, schedule, expectations, communications and responsibilities. Pre-design meetings for all the stakeholders are highly recommended for any health care project early in the planning stage. Reference the OPRI Regional Representative Maps found on the OPRI Plan Intake Staff and Inspectors web page to contact staff representatives and schedule the pre-design meeting.