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Communal Living Protection

Communal Living Facility (CLF) Definition

Often referred to as a ‘boarding home’, ‘adult foster home’ or ‘adult group home’. They are defined by the Jefferson County Health Department as any public or privately operated facility which houses four (4) or more adult residents.

For the purpose of this definition, a resident is defined as:
A person who is not related by blood or marriage to the owner/operator or staff of any communal living facility and lives in, sleeps in, or occupies a rooming unit. Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hotels, motels, apartments, dormitories, fraternity homes and sorority homes associated with colleges and/or universities, and foster or group homes under the governance of another agency are excluded from these regulations. The health department does not issue permits for foster homes or group homes housing youth or minor children.

Permitted communal living facilities in Jefferson County are categorized as rooming homes, which provide living/sleeping quarters only; or boarding homes, which provide meals in addition to rooms.

Permits and Inspections

  • Communal Living Facilities in Jefferson County are required by law to have permits from the health department
  • Approval from the local fire inspection department & local zoning are also required
  • These facilities are inspected at least twice a year to determine compliance with the regulations
  • Communal Living Facility permits must be renewed by January 1 each year
Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 588-5234

(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Hours of Operation:
All Centers are open 7:45am to 4:30pm. Phone lines for clinic appointments open at 7:00am Monday through Friday.

If this is a Medical Emergency call 911.
If you are a patient and need to reach your health care team after business hours for non-life threatening conditions, call (205) 588-5234. For Medical Emergencies dial 911.

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