Gilmer County Health Department permits and routinely inspections day care centers and family day care facilities in accordance with W.V. 64 C.S.R. 21 Child Care Centers. Day care centers are child care centers which provide nonresidential child care for thirteen or more children. Family day care facilities are child care centers which are used to provide nonresidential child care for seven to twelve children, including children who are living in the household who are less than six years of age; no more than four of the total number of children may be less than twenty-four months of age.
To obtain a permit, new child care centers must submit a completed Application for a Permit to Operate and a completed Child Care Center Plan Review Information Report with payment of applicable fees to Gilmer County Health Department. Gilmer County Health Department may issue an annual operational permit following an initial compliance inspection. Operational permits expire on December 31st. A Child Care Center Plan Review Information Report is not required for annual operational permit renewal for existing child care centers. Gilmer County Health Department conducts semi-annual compliance inspections of child care centers.
Additional permitting is required for child care centers through the West Virginia Bureau for Children & Families.