Certificate of Need

The Certificate of Need (CON) is a regulatory process that requires certain healthcare providers to obtain state approval before offering specific new or expanded services. A certificate of Need is required by the Agency for HealthCare Administration (AHCA) for example, if a hospital wishes to establish a comprehensive medical rehabilitation program, increase the number of licensed beds at a healthcare facility, or to establish tertiary services, such as a neonatal intensive care unit.

The CON process is intended to ensure that new services proposed by healthcare providers are needed for delivering quality patient care at a reasonable cost within a particular region or community. HCSEF provides support for the Florida Certificate of Need (CON) program, including facilitating public hearings on proposed CON projects under review.

Health providers requiring a certificate of need for certain types of projects include:

  • New hospitals and certain types of hospital services
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospices
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled

Upon request, the CON Office will determine if a project must be submitted for review. Please contact James McLemore at 850-412-4401 for a determination. For more information on Florida’s CON process, please visit Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration or call us at 561-844-4220 or email us.


Click below to view recent Notices of Intent to issue Certificates of Need.