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Any applicant for a permit or a permittee shall have the right to appeal a decision by the permit authority to deny a permit application or renewal application, or to approve an application with conditions, or to suspend or revoke a permit, by filing with the city clerk a written notice of appeal, specifying the grounds for the appeal, within 15 days after the decision has been served on the applicant or permittee. The appeal shall be heard by the city administrator or by an administrative hearing officer designated by or at the request of the city administrator, upon not less than 15 days written notice to the appellant. The city administrator or the designated administrative hearing officer shall consider all relevant evidence at the hearing, continue the hearing for good cause, and require such legal briefing as may be required to address any issues raised by the appeal. Within a reasonable time, but not more than 30 days following the conclusion of the hearing, the city administrator or the designated administrative hearing officer shall issue a written decision affirming, denying or modifying the decision from which the appeal was taken, supported by factual findings and determinations referenced by supporting evidence. The decision of the city administrator or designated administrative hearing officer shall be final. The written decision shall be served on the appellant as provided in Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(b), with a copy submitted to the city clerk. The written decision shall include a notice to appellant that the decision is subject to judicial review according to the provisions and time limits set forth in Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6.
(Ord. 728, 2004).