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ISDH Home > Health Care Quality & Regulatory > Health Care Engineering > Health Care Engineering Program Health Care Engineering Program

Program Overview

Welcome to the home page for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Health Care Engineering Program.  Program staff review and approve plans and specifications for hospitals, ambulatory outpatient surgery centers, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, children's group home/private secure home and child care institutions (excluding child day care centers).

NOTICE TO ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS and PROVIDERS

****NOTICE TO ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS and PROVIDERS****
****PROCESS CHANGE EFFECTIVE APRIL 2, 2012****

Effective Monday, April 2, 2012, the Indiana State Department of Health, Health Care Engineering program (HCEP) will no longer accept hardcopy plan sets. All plans will be submitted through the new Electronic Plan Submission Process using the Revit Autodesk® “.dwf” format. The new process from a high level view will be:

Step 1:  Application and any fee required will be submitted as normal
(see each application for complete instructions).

DO NOT SUBMIT PLANS WITH THE APPLICATION AND PAYMENT (if any).

Step 2: The project architect/engineer will receive an email with the assigned project number, instructions on submitting plans, and instructions for all required documents to be submitted over the State’s secure FTP site.

Applications and instructions (step 1 above) can be found at: http://www.in.gov/isdh/25330.htm

All other instructions and information will follow in an email as described in step 2 above.

Announcements / Current News

Plan review fees are in effect for most institutional projects. 

Information on Application for Construction of Acute Care Facility

Contact the Program

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Health Care Engineering
2 North Meridian Street, 4A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Map

Program Manager
Todd Hite
thite@isdh.in.gov
(317) 233-7166
(317) 233-8761 [Administrative Assistant]
(317) 233-7157 [FAX]

Questions: engineering@isdh.in.gov

Directories

City and County Health Departments

Drinking water chemistry laboratories (Indiana-certified)

Water microbiology laboratories (Indiana-certified) 

Public water supply samples are required to be tested by a certified laboratory. 

Employment Opportunities

Learn about Employment Opportunities with the Indiana State Department of Health.

Forms

Permit Application for Construction or Alteration of an Acute Care Facility

Permit Application for Construction or Alteration of a Long Term Care Facility

Permit Application for Construction or Alteration of a Child Care Facility (excludes day care)

Permit Application for Construction or Alteration of a Mental Health Institution

Laws and Regulations

IC 16-19-3 Powers and Duties of State Department of Health and Executive Board

IC 16-41-21 Health, Sanitation, and Safety: Requirements for School Buildings

410 IAC 6-5.1 Sanitary Schoolhouse Rule

410 IAC 6-10 Commercial On-Site Wastewater Disposal

410 IAC 6-12 Plan Review, Construction Permits, and Fees for Services

410 IAC 6-15-1.3 Hospital Licensure Requirements

410 IAC 6-15-2.3 Licensure Requirements; Ambulatory Outpatient Surgical Centers

410 IAC 6-16-2 Health Facilities; Licensing and Operational Standards

465 IAC 2. Children's Group Homes & Institutions

Links

Acute Care Hospital Licensing and Inspection Program

Ambulatory Outpatient Surgical Center Licensing and Inspection Program

Comprehensive Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Program

FAQ for Long Term Care Construction Projects

FAQ for Ambulatory Outpatient Surgical Centers

Plan Review Resources

Residential Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Program

Program Information and Policies

American Institute of Architects’ Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities,2001 Edition   
One of the four regulatory standards for hospital construction in Indiana. 

Approval Process for Remodeling or Establishing a New Charter School 

Automatic Hot Water Temperature Control Valves
Automatic hot water temperature control valves regulate the hot water temperature at the point of use, to preventing accidental scalding.  They are required to be installed in the facilities for which this Program reviews plans and specifications.  

Bulletin  S.E.11.

A planning guide including minimum requirements for the construction of vault privies.  

Bulletin  S.E.13.

A guide for architects and engineers on basic requirements for layout and design of on-site water supply and wastewater disposal systems at locations where such facilities may be approvable. 

Conducting a Proper Site Survey

Diseases Caused by Sewage or Sewage Contaminated Water 

Exterior Drinking Fountains and Yard Hydrants.

Many frost-proof hydrants and exterior drinking fountains allow for possible back-siphonage of contaminated water into a water distribution system. Therefore, approved non-freeze, non-polluting sanitary exterior drinking fountains and yard hydrants required to be installed in the facilities for which this Program reviews plans and specifications.  

Fees for Permit to Construct Application

Great Lakes-Upper Mississippi River Board of State and Provincial Public Health and Environmental Managers’ Recommended Standards for Water Works, latest Edition, and Recommended Standards for Wastewater Facilities, latest Edition
One of the four regulatory standards for hospital construction in Indiana. 

Hand Washing.

Information on why hand washing is important; how diseases are spread; when hands should be washed; the proper way to wash hands; and how hand washing can protect you and your family.

Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a respiratory illness caused by Histoplasma capsulatum, a soil fungus common throughout the Midwest.  Indiana has the optimum combination of temperature and humidity for the fungus to grow very well.  While the illness is usually so mild that it may go unnoticed, for a small minority, usually those who are very young, very old, immunocompromised, or who suffer from a chronic illness, the illness can be quite severe.  It can cause permanent damage to the lungs, blindness or death. 

Indiana Public Water Supply Database.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management maintains this database.  Using this portal, a person can determine for any public water supply its source water, treatment employed, population served, pertinent names & addresses, and results of the most recent chemical and bacteriological testing conducted. 

Installation of Trench-type Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems

Onsite systems require care in site selection, design, and construction. Proper installation should help ensure years of trouble-free operation.

National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, 2000 Edition

One of the four regulatory standards for hospital construction in Indiana.

Pre-approved Exterior Water and Sewer Piping 

Pre-approved Manufactured Septic Tanks

Safe Chemical Contaminant Levels for Drinking Water

Click here to obtain information from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on maximum chemical contaminant levels for safe drinking water.

Sanitizing of Wells or Other Private Water Sources

Indiana Department of Environmental management provides information for sanitizing after a flood, and before the water supply is again put to use.

Sewage Holding Tanks 

In essence, only temporary holding tanks can be approved, and only for a maximum of two years operation.

Water Conservation 

Not only does it save water, but it saves energy, and it can save you money.  Excessive water use burdens water utilities, overloads sewage treatment plants, and can cause residential septic systems to malfunction or fail. 

Water Outage or Boil Water Order  

This provides guideline for school officials and local health departments who must respond to water outages or boil water orders.

Well Construction Standards

This is a guide for well-drillers and homeowners on the construction of safe, usable wells, including standards for construction of wells and installation of pumps and appurtenances. 

Reporting a Complaint

Report a complaint at engineering@isdh.in.gov.