HOW TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE

The Utah Department of Health, Child Care Licensing Program, regulates both child care centers and in-home child care providers who are required to obtain a license/certificate under Utah Code 26-39.
The Department does not regulate providers who only care for related children, or who provide care on a sporadic basis only.
You will probably need a child care license or certificate if you are caring for more than four children who are not related to you, for more than four hours a day. Individuals and centers who care for less than four unrelated children or for any number of unrelated children for less than four hours a day are welcome to become voluntarily licensed or certified, but a license or certificate is not required.

The information below describes different types of regulated child care. You can click on the link for each type of care for information about how to get a license or certificate.

  • Residential Certificate

    Child care provided in a private home for up to eight children. This can include up to (but not more than) two children under the age of two.
  • Licensed Family

    Child care provided in a private home for up to 16 children. Two qualified caregivers are required when there are more than eight children in care, or when there are more than two children under the age of two in care. With two caregivers, a licensed family provider can care for up to (but not more than) four children under the age of two.
  • Child Care Center

    Child care provided in a non-residential setting on a regular schedule. The number of children allowed will be determined by the facility's total square footage.
  • Hourly Center

    Child care provided in a non-residential setting, not on a regular schedule.
  • Out of School Time Programs

    Child care provided in a non-residential setting for school age children only (ages 5-12).

EXEMPTIONS FROM CHILD CARE LICENSING

Please click here to see what constitutes child care that is exempt from regulation.
To request a Verification of License Exempt Status, click on the following link:
Exempt Status Application