Care facilities can encompass many things, to include child day cares, adult day cares, group homes and nursing facilities. A person wishing to operate this type of business must complete a series of steps to make sure they are in compliance with the State of Arizona and the Town of Buckeye. Each type of care facility has its own rules and regulations, so be sure to start with the Maricopa County Department of Health Services for the process of getting certified; they can be reached at 602-506-6616.
The Town of Buckeye regulates care facilities as well as the state. The first step in the process is to contact your Home Owners Association and make sure that they allow for this use within your neighborhood, and if so, request an approval letter. The next step involves contacting the Planning & Zoning Department to determine if the use is allowable within the Town's Development Code. There is a link to an Authorization Form that all departments must sign in order for a license to be issued, so if Planning and Zoning approves the use of your facility, be sure the planner you have been working with signs off on this form.
Following Planning and Zoning would be meeting with the Fire and Building Safety Departments. There may be situations that the facility would need to be fire sprinklered and inspected by the Building Safety Department. It is best to set up a concurrent meeting with these departments to determine what would be needed for your specific facility. Building Safety Department can be reached at 623-349-6200 and Fire Department can be reached at 623-349-6700.
Once approvals have been issued and the facility has been inspected, then it is a matter of getting all documents in order to issue a business license. Additional documents may be required, for instance, if this facility is licensed with the state, a copy of that certification would be requested, as well as nursing certificates or any other pertinent information that may legitimize the care facility.
The business license is annual, with a fee of $40.00 per year and a one time application fee of $25.00.