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
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.
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
- Office of Plan Review and Inspection Reorganizes
The Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) reorganized in an effort to continue meeting the demands of the health care building industry. OPRI regional staff assignments are now organized with an emphasis on regional representation and timely response to project and stakeholder expectations. Please reference the OPRI Regional Representative Maps found on the OPRI Plan Intake Staff and Inspectors web page.
- CBRF and Hospice Submittal Shifts to Office of Plan Review and Inspection Only
Effective January 1, 2016, all construction documents associated with CBRFs and Hospice shall be submitted to the DHS Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) only, as outlined in the Governor’s 2015-2017 biennial state budget.
CBRF and Hospice projects subject to review by the Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) include new construction, additions, alterations or change of use as well as licensure changes. Construction document review by OPRI and conditional approval shall precede municipal permitting for construction to proceed. The current construction phase process, including inspections and project completion documentation, shall remain and precede licensure.
- Pre-Design Meetings to Promote Project Success
Pre-design meetings associated with health care projects are designed to promote successful projects. 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 official(s). The meeting addresses project scope, schedule, expectations, communications and responsibilities. It is highly recommended that a pre-design meeting be established with all stakeholders early in the planning stage of any health care project. 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.
Plan Review Process
Follow these links, in the order listed, to begin the plan review process:
- Rules, Regulations & Memorandums
- Forms and Checklists
- Memorandum of Agreement Diagram (PDF, 15 KB)
- OPRI Plan Intake Staff and Inspectors (names and contact information)
- Plan Review Intake Status Report (Status of OPRI Review)