Certificate of Need and Facility Licensing

Certificate of Need

Certificate of Need is a regulatory process that governs the construction, relocation or renovation of certain healthcare facilities. The Certificate of Need program helps ensure that new facilities, or the expansion of existing facilities, meet the needs of the community. This helps to avoid investment in duplicate facilities.

A Certificate of Need Application begins an extensive review and separate approval processes for each type of application.

The State Health Planning Board acts as an advisory panel to the Commissioner concerning recommendations on certificate of need applications.

Certificate of Need forms and applications

Health Facility Licensing

NJDOH licenses more than 2,000 regulated facilities statewide.  These include hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, ambulatory care centers, home health care, medical day care and other types of health care facilities (complete list).  The licensing program licenses health care facilities in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Last Reviewed: 6/15/2017