(a) Any building licensed for the first time as an adult care home shall meet the requirements of the North Carolina State Building Code for new construction. All new construction, additions and renovations to existing buildings shall meet the requirements of the North Carolina State Building Code for I-2 Institutional Occupancy if the facility houses 13 or more residents or the North Carolina State Building Code requirements for Large Residential Care Facilities if the facility houses seven to twelve residents. The North Carolina State Building Code, all applicable volumes, which is incorporated by reference, including all subsequent amendments may be purchased from the Department of Insurance Engineering Division located at 322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 at a cost of three hundred eighty dollars ($380.00). The facility shall also meet all of the rules of this Section.
(b) Each facility shall be planned, constructed, equipped and maintained to provide the services offered in the facility.
(c) Any existing building converted from another use to an adult care home shall meet all requirements of a new facility.
(d) Any existing licensed facility that is closed or vacant for more than one year shall meet all requirements of a new facility.
(e) The sanitation, water supply, sewage disposal and dietary facilities shall comply with the rules of the
North Carolina Division of Environmental Health, which are incorporated by reference, including all subsequent amendments. The “Rules Governing the Sanitation of Hospitals, Nursing and Rest Homes, Sanitariums, Sanatoriums, and Educational and Other Institutions”, 15A NCAC 18A .1300 are available for inspection at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Health, 2728 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, North Carolina. Copies may be obtained from Environmental Health Services Section, 1632 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1632 at no cost.
(f) The facility shall have current sanitation and fire and building safety inspection reports which shall be maintained in the home and available for review.