Next Steps

Expected Submission Review Time is 75 days (More about our timeline)

What does this mean for my project? For planning purposes it’s important to understand that this estimate of review time is not the time it takes to review an entire project or receive a facility license.  A “submission” means a distinct set of information (typically plans, specifications, programs, etc.) given to construction review to analyze for compliance with state rules. After a submission is reviewed, there will often be comments that must be responded to and drawings that must be revised. After your design team revises plans and responds to comments, they submit those revisions as a new "submission." A project will often take several submissions to complete.

The number above is a rough estimate for an average submission. Submissions for larger projects will take longer. The construction review program experiences significant shifts in workload and bandwidth, so it’s always best to contact your assigned plan reviewer to get a more accurate read on how long a particular review may take.

After the Construction Review Services (CRS) portion of the project has been approved, CRS staff members will notify the licensing program that the project is complete. For significant projects, a final approval packet will be forwarded to the appropriate licensing program under the Department of Health or the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The licensing program may notify the facility if additional information is necessary.

It's important to remember the stamped approved copy of the construction documents shall be kept and available for the licensing staff on site. Be sure to record your date of completion and project number as you may be required to provide this information on your license renewal.

Department of Health Projects

Contact the Department of Health Customer Service Office at 360-236-4700 for help with amending or adjusting your hospital license.

Department of Social and Health Services Projects

The licensing approval may be subject to a site inspection by licensing and the Office of the State Fire Marshal to verify compliance with applicable regulations and your approved documents.

More Resources

Quick Links

Applying to CRS | Applications | Certificate of Need (CoN) | Desk Reference Manuals | Local AHJ (courtesy of WABO) | Plan Review Fee