The Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (HCQC) permits food establishments within Nevada licensed medical and non-medical health facilities in accordance with NRS (Nevada Revised Statutes) Chapter 449 Chapter 446 and with NAC (Nevada Administrative Code) Chapter 449 and Chapter 446.  A Health Facility licensed for more than 10 residents/clients/beds must apply for a commercial food establishment permit through the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance.  


Swimming pools and spas within Health Facilities regulated by the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (HCQC) are required to obtain a permit per NRS 444 and NAC 444.100

  • State Laws and Regulations  
  • NRS 444  
  • NAC 444  
  • Licensing and Applications
    • To apply for a permit to operate a new pool or spa within a Health Facility or remodel an existing permitted pool or spa:
      • Obtain a swimming pool and spa plan review application 
        • Submit your application, fees, required plans, specification, and supporting documents to the Attention of Program Manager at:
          •  Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)
          • Environmental Health Section (EHS)
          • 4150 Technology Way Ste. 101
          • Carson City, NV  89706
      • After plans are reviewed by DPBH and approved, all necessary on-site construction inspections will commence.
      • DPBH will release the pool or spa after the on-site inspection(s) confirms all requirements are met.
      • Following the release by DPBH-EHS, you will need to contact the appropriate DPBH-EHS office at least one week in advance of the day you wish to open (North Office at 775-684-1030; South Office at 702-486-6515)
      • An Environmental Health Specialist with the DPBH-EHS will conduct an on-site operational inspection and provide a pool or spa permit application.
      • You may not operate until you have completed the permit application and have submitted your annual permit fee to the DPBH-HCQC.
      • The permit will be sent to you from the DPBH-HCQC.
        • Please contact Environmental Health Specialists at DPBH-EHS for pool and spa plan review questions at 775-687-7533.
          • For questions regarding pool and spa permitting, the Environmental Health Specialists at DPBH-HCQC should be contacted at either:
            • HCQC - North Office at 775-684-1030 or
            • HCQC - South Office at 702-486-6515


  • 5 MAJOR RISK FACTORS contributing to foodborne illnesses according to FDA guidelines:
    • Improper holding temperatures
    • Inadequate cooking, such as undercooking raw shell eggs
    • Contaminated equipment
    • Food from unsafe sources
    • Poor personal hygiene 

For further information regarding food safety - 2013 FDA Code