Currently, the division of fire safety (division) in the office of preparedness, security, and fire safety within the Colorado department of public safety conducts construction plan reviews and performs inspections of public school buildings to determine compliance with building and fire safety codes. The department of public health and environment (department) is responsible for such reviews and inspections for health facility buildings.
Effective July 1, 2012, the bill transfers to the division the department's functions, personnel, and property directed principally for inspections of heath care facilities for conformity to building and fire safety standards. With the exception of certain health facilities for which there are no central buildings used to provide health services to individuals, the division will be responsible for adopting building and fire safety standards, reviewing plans for construction, performing inspections, issuing certificates of occupancy and compliance, and otherwise assessing and enforcing compliance with building and fire safety standards.
To reflect its broader scope, the division's public school construction and inspection section is renamed the "health facility and public school construction and inspection section" (section). Laws setting forth the current administrative duties and processes of the division and the section, as they relate to the public school construction and inspection program, are amended to include health facilities.
The bill leaves intact the existing authority of a local jurisdiction to adopt and enforce concurrent building and fire safety codes, and describes the interaction between local and division oversight and regulations.
The department is prohibited from licensing a health facility unless the division issues to the department a certificate of compliance certifying that the health facility's buildings and structures conform to the building and fire safety standards adopted by the director of the division. Upon receipt of such certificate, the department must take action regarding the pending application for licensure within 30 days.