New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Chapter He-P 800 - RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY RULES
Part He-P 810 - BIRTHING CENTER RULES
Section He-P 810.07 - Birthing Center Construction, Modifications, or Structural Alterations

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 810.07

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) Notice and accurate architectural plans or drawings that show the room designation(s) and exact measurements of each area to be licensed, including windows and door sizes and each room's use, shall be submitted to the department at least 60 days prior to the start of construction or initiating any structural modifications to a building, for the following:

(1) A new building;

(2) Additions to a building;

(3) Alterations that require approval from local or state authorities; and

(4) Modifications that might affect compliance with the health and safety, fire or building codes, including but not limited to, fire suppression, detection systems, and means of egress.

(b) Architectural sprinkler and fire alarm plans shall be submitted to the NH state fire marshal's office as required by RSA 153:10-b, V.

(c) Any licensee or applicant who wants to use performance-based standards to meet the fire safety requirements shall provide the department with documentation of fire marshal approval for such methods.

(d) The department shall review plans for construction, modifications, or structural alterations of a birthing center for compliance with all applicable sections of RSA 151 and He-P 810 and notify the applicant or licensee as to whether the proposed plans comply with these requirements.

(e) Department approval shall not be required prior to initiating construction, modifications, or structural alterations, however an applicant or licensee who proceeds prior to receiving approval shall do so at their own risk.

(f) The birthing center shall comply with the applicable licensing rules when doing construction, modifications, or structural alterations.

(g) Any licensee or applicant constructing, modifying, or structurally altering a building shall comply with the following:

(1) The state fire code, Saf-C 6000, as adopted by the commissioner of the department of safety under RSA 153, and as amended pursuant to RSA 153:5, I, by the state fire marshal with the board of fire control;

(2) The state building code, as defined in RSA 155-A:1, IV, as amended by the building code review board pursuant to RSA 155-A:10, V; and

(3) Local rules, regulations, and ordinances.

(h) Waivers granted by the department for construction or renovation purposes shall not require annual renewal unless the underlying reason or circumstances for the waivers change.

(i) Exceptions or variances pertaining to the state fire code referenced in (g) (1) above shall be granted only by the state fire marshal.

(j) The building or renovated space shall be subject to an inspection pursuant to He-P 810.09 prior to its use.

#5635, eff 6-7-93; ss by #7006, INTERIM, eff 5-26-99, EXPIRED: 9-23-99

New. #8957, eff 7-27-07

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