(a) If the director of a city department denies, suspends, or revokes a license or permit over which the director has regulatory authority, and no appeal is provided by ordinance to another city board, the action is final unless the applicant, licensee, or permittee files a written appeal to the permit and license appeal board with the city secretary within 10 calendar days after the date of receiving notice of the director’s action.
(b) If a written request for an appeal hearing is filed with the city secretary within the 10-day limit, the permit and license appeal board shall hear the appeal. The city secretary shall set a date for the hearing within 60 days after the date the appeal is filed.
(c) The permit and license appeal board shall hear and consider evidence offered by any interested person. The formal rules of evidence do not apply. The permit and license appeal board shall decide the appeal on the basis of a preponderance of the evidence presented at the hearing if there is a dispute of fact, otherwise the board shall decide the appeal in accordance with the provisions of this code. The board shall affirm, reverse, or modify the action of the director by a majority vote. Failure to reach a majority decision on a motion leaves the director’s decision unchanged. A hearing of the permit and license appeal board may proceed if a quorum of the board is present. The decision of the permit and license appeal board is final as to administrative remedies, and no rehearing may be granted. (Ord. Nos. 18200; 20279; 21185; 23386; 25002)