The department is asking for views on the draft regulations and guidance for Part 1 of the 2014 Care Act.
The government has worked with individuals and organisations to develop the most comprehensive overhaul of care and support since 1948. The changes will make the system fairer and will mean people get better care.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:
Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives. Our Care Act will make the system fairer by putting people in control of their care and limiting the amount anyone may have to pay for the support they need.
These regulations and guidance will help support councils in making these reforms a reality. We ask people to continue to share their views and experiences as part of this consultation to make sure we deliver real, lasting change for people across the country.
The draft regulations and guidance have been developed by working with expert groups, including users of care and support, local authority staff, voluntary sector organisations, social workers, and national representative bodies including those drawn from local government.
The consultation is open until Friday 15 August and centres on the changes that will come into effect from April 2015.
A further consultation on the reforms that come into effect from April 2016 - which include the cap on care costs - will take place this autumn.