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Detailed Information for : Residential Care Apartment Complex Certification
Independent apartment units (assisted living apartments), accepting individuals who pay for services themselves or through Medicare payments, in which the following services are provided: room and board, up to 28 hours per week of supportive care, personal care, and nursing services.  
License Type:
Does not expire.  
$350 annual fee plus $6 per apartment annually. There is an additional $350 fee to convert a portion of a Community Based Residential Facility or Nursing Home into a Residential Care Apartment Complex.  
Successful Caregiver Background Check for Adult Programs.

You may also contact the Division of Quality Assurance Assisted Living Regional Director (ALRD) in the Regional Office.  
Required Documentation:
Plan Approval (to be completed as required).  
Additional Information:
Read more about Residential Care Apartments or contact your Regional Office  
Application Form(s):
Residential Care Apartment Complex Certification Application, form OQA 2380 and
Regulations Compliance Statement, form OQA 2381 (to be completed as required). Applications not acted on after one (1) year will be closed.  
Wisconsin Statutes:
Residential Care Apartment Complexes Wisconsin Statute Chapter 50.034.  
Administrative Rules/Codes:
Other Agencies Involved:

More information on building plan review can be found at the Department of Commerce's website.

Contact the municipality where you intend to operate for any local building codes or ordinances that may apply.

Contact Information
Bureau of Assisted Living
Home Page:
E-mail :
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Mail Address:
PO Box 2969, Madison, WI 53701-2969  
Street Address:
1 West Wilson Street, Room 950, Madison, WI 53703  
Agency Web Site:
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For additional assistance with business-related license, permit and registration information, visit the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at or phone them at 608-263-7680.