Variances, Waivers, and Appeal Rights

Variances and Waivers

A licensee may apply, in writing, for a variance or waiver to a regulation provided the variance or waiver in no way jeopardizes the health, safety or well-being of the children. Variances and waivers need to be approved in writing by the Department.

For more information on waivers or variances please read the following:

Waiver or Variance Request Process

If you are interested in applying for a waiver or variance, please fill out the following form:

Waiver or Variance Request Form


Appeal Rights

Any individual or license holder may appeal an adverse decision made by the Department. This requires for the individual or license holder to submit a Formal Request for Hearing:

DCYF Policy 100.0055 Complaints and Hearings can be found at:

DCYF Policy 100.0055 Complaints and Hearings

Administrative Procedures Act (RI General Law §42-35-14)