Unlicensed Facility Penalties
(a) A penalty of $200 per day shall be assessed for the operation of an unlicensed child care center under either of the following conditions:
(1) The operator has not submitted a completed application for licensure within 15 calendar days of issuance of a Notice of Operation in Violation of Law pursuant to Section 101157, and continues to operate.
(A) For purposes of this section, an application is deemed completed if it includes the information required in Section 101169.
(B) The completed application is deemed to be submitted when received by the Department.
(2) Unlicensed operation continues after denial of the initial application.
(A) Notwithstanding any appeal action, child care center operation must cease within 10 calendar days of the mailing of the notice of denial or upon receipt of the denial notice by the operator, whichever occurs first.
(b) The $200 per day penalty shall be assessed for the continued operation of an unlicensed child care center as follows:
(1) On the 16th calendar day after the operator has been issued the Notice of Operation in Violation of Law and has not submitted a completed application as required.
(A) The $200 per day penalty shall continue until the operator ceases operation or submits a completed application pursuant to Sections 101198(a)(1)(A) and (B).
(2) On the 10th calendar day after the mailing of the notice of denial or upon receipt of the denial notice by the operator, whichever occurs first.
(A) The $200 per day penalty shall continue until the operator ceases operation.
(c) If the unlicensed operator or his/her representative reports to the Department that unlicensed operation has ceased, the penalty shall cease as of the day the Department receives the notification.
(1) A site visit shall be made immediately or within five working days to verify that the unlicensed child care center operation has ceased.
(2) Notwithstanding (c) above, if the unlicensed child care center operation has not ceased, penalties shall continue to accrue without interruption from the date of initial penalty assessment.
(d) All penalties shall be due and payable upon receipt of the Notice for Payment from the Department, and shall be paid by check or money order made payable to the Department as indicated in the notice.
(e) The Department has the authority to file a claim in any court of competent jurisdiction or to take other appropriate action for failure to pay penalties as specified in (d) above.
(f) Payment of civil penalties or application for licensure in response to a citation under this section do not permit the operation of a child care center without a license.
Health and Safety Code 1596.80 states:
No person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation shall operate, establish, manage, conduct, or maintain a child day care facility in this state without a current valid license therefor as provided in this act.
(g) A person assessed civil penalties may appeal the penalty under Section 101196.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 1596.81, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1596.80, 1596.891 and 1596.892, Health and Safety Code.