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Child Care Centers & Adult Foster Care Facilities

Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services routinely inspects adult and child care facilities, including but not limited to child care center, child caring institutions, children's camps, and adult foster care homes. These facilities are licensed through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Wayne County inspects these facilities as part of an agreement with MDHHS.

If you wish to open a day care facility, your first step is to contact the MDHHS Licensing Unit in Detroit at 313-456-0380. For specific licensing information you can also go to the MDHHS Licensing website.

Inspection Requests

If MDHHS requires you to have an Environmental Health inspection, you will be given an Environmental Health Inspection Request Form. 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 can be found below. Mail or drop off your Environmental Health Inspection Request Form and payment (check or money order) to our office:

Wayne County Environmental Health
33030 Van Born Rd.
Wayne, MI 48184

Environmental Health Inspection Request
Licensing Rules For Child Care Centers

Inspection Appointments

Once the inspection request form and payment are received, an Environmentalist will contact you to schedule an appointment for your inspection. For child care centers, the Environmentalist will use the requirements listed in the Licensing Rules for All Child Care Organizations. Specifically, we look at the information listed under Part 2 - Environmental Health Provisions. If applicable, we will also look at Part 5 - Swimming Provisions.

We also respond to complaints and follow through with a resolution or referral to other state or local agencies having jurisdiction.

Plan Review Approval

Wayne County Health Department requirements regarding plan review shall be followed for child care centers. A complete set of plans and specifications of any new proposed center or proposed addition, alteration, or remodeling to an existing center shall be submitted to Wayne County for review and approval. Plan review is not required for new centers located in existing school buildings. Download the Wayne County Child Care Center Plan Review Worksheet here.

Child/Adult Care Facility Inspection Fees:
  • Full Inspection: $356
  • Plan Review (includes Opening Inspection): $266
  • Private Sewage Disposal System and/or Private Water Supply Inspection: $311
  • Follow-up Inspection: $174