Day care centers, children’s camps, and foster care homes are licensed through the Michigan Department Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Washtenaw County inspects these facilities as part of an agreement we have with DHHS.
If you wish to open a day care facility, your first step is to contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Licensing Unit at 517-241-2488, or Toll Free at 866-685-0006. You can also go to the LARA licensing website for specific licensing information.
If DHHS requires you to have an Environmental Health inspection, you will be given an Environmental Health Inspection Request Form (PDF). Please complete the form and submit a copy to our office with a payment. Applications will not be processed without payment. A listing of current fees, as well as a Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF) can be found on our Applications, Forms and Fees page. Mail, fax or drop off your Environmental Health Inspection Request Form (PDF) and payment to our office.
- If mailing, mail your completed Environmental Health Inspection Request Form (PDF) and check, money order, or completed Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF) to:
Washtenaw County Environmental Health
705 N Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
- If faxing, please fax the completed Environmental Health Inspection Request Form (PDF) and completed Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF) to:
Attn: Tonya Harwood
Once the inspection request form and payment are received, a Sanitarian (health inspector) will contact you to schedule an appointment for your inspection. The Sanitarian will review the DHHS requirements during your inspection:
- Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers (PDF)
- Specifically, we look at the information listed under Part 2 - Environmental Health. If applicable, we will also look at Part 5 - Swimming.
- Licensing Rules for Family and Group Child Care Homes (PDF)
Part of the requirements to operate may include a radon test, depending on your type of facility.
Family and Group Child Care Homes (PDF) require a radon test of the home, with results showing the level to be below 4.0 pCi/L.
- If radon testing is required for your facility, please email Angela Parsons or call 734-222-3869 for a free radon test kit!
R 400.1934(4): A licensee shall test the child care home for the concentration of radon gas before the initial license is issued and every 4 years thereafter at the time of license renewal.
R 400.1934(5): The lowest level of the child care home must not have levels of radon gasses that exceed 4 picocuries per liter of air, except as provided in subrule (6) of this rule. Documentation of the results must be kept on file in the child care home.
R 400.1934(6): If the levels of radon gases exceed 4 picocuries per liter of air in the lowest level of the child care home, the licensee shall notify the parents of children in care and have a radon mitigation system installed. The licensee has up to 12 months from the date of the first measurement to meet the standard in subrule (5) of this rule.
Additional radon information
- Elevated radon levels can be reduced, but first you should confirm that you really have a problem by conducting follow up measure. When a problem has been confirmed, you may want to hire a professional radon mitigation contractor to help you reduce the levels. A radon mitigation system is the most common technique used in Michigan. A radon mitigation system uses a vent pipe and fans to remove radon vapors from under your foundation and exhaust them above the roof where it’s safe, ensuring the radon never enters your home. The cost of a radon mitigation system in Michigan can vary significantly depending on where you are in the state and who you hire. A typical range in price would be $750 - $1,500.
- You will need to retest your home 12 months after the first measurement that showed a high level of radon, and then retest every 4 years to verify the mitigation system is working properly and your levels of radon are safe. Even if your mitigation system has a readout, still so a separate test every 4 years.
If you have questions, please contact your licensing consultant.