Q: If a building changes ownership, do waivers stay active with their 1-year window or do the new owners have to resubmit if the building is cited the same deficiency?
A: Interesting question… I’ve never had this issue come up before.
My guess would be the waivers would be valid only to the organization for which they were approved. The way that CMS writes their approval letters is the approval of the waiver is addressed to the healthcare organization, and not to the building owner. In other words, CMS grants approval to the healthcare organization to not have to comply with a particular section of the Life Safety Code. This approval would not appear to be transferrable, since it is addressed to the healthcare organization.
But if the ownership of the healthcare organization changes hands, then I could see where the waiver approval would follow the healthcare organization. CMS tracks the waiver requests and the subsequent approvals via their own CMS Certification Number (CCN), which is assigned to healthcare organizations, not their owners.
To answer your question, if a deficiency is cited and the healthcare organization chooses to submit a waiver request rather than resolve the deficiency, then yes, a new waiver request would have to be submitted.