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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Child care provided in a non-residential setting, not on a regular schedule.
- 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