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You can file a complaint and submit applications for licensing online. Filings you do not wish to make, or that are not available, online can be submitted via mail for processing.

Department staff is available to assist with any questions at (800) 922-1594 (toll free in SC) or 803-734-4200 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. You can also email general questions to

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is a residential alternative for adults that offers, under one contract, an independent living unit (an apartment or cottage), residential amenities and access to a continuum of long term care services, as residents' health and social needs change over time.  The State Continuing Care Retirement Community Act requires all continuing care retirement communities operating in South Carolina to obtain a license from the Department of Consumer Affairs. 

The filing fee for both initial and renewal applications is $2,000.  Renewal applications for licensed CCRCs must be submitted no later than August 31st of each year. 

CCRCs may now file their initial and renewal applications using the Department's online licensing system! Preliminary applications may be filed online soon, but currently must be completed on paper and mailed to the Department.

*Please note the Department's physical address is 293 Greystone Blvd., Ste. 400 | Columbia, SC | 29210*
**Mailings may be sent to PO Box 5757 | Columbia, SC | 29250-5757**


Licensed Communities

For a directory of licensed continuing care retirement communities, please see our Licensee Lookup page.  

Licensing Forms