If your application is denied by the Application Investigation Unit, Section 485 kicks in.§ 485. PROCEDURE UPON DENIAL
Upon denial of an application for a license under this chapter or Section 496, the board shall do either of the following:
The key here is that 60 day deadline to file your appeal request. I would suggest filing your appeal as soon as possible to get the appeal process started.
From here Section 487 applies and it outlines the Hearing process.§ 487. HEARING; TIME
If a hearing is requested by the applicant, the board shall conduct such hearing within 90 days from the date the hearing is requested unless the applicant shall request or agree in writing to a postponement or continuance of the hearing. Notwithstanding the above, the Office of Administrative Hearings may order, or on a showing of good cause, grant a request for, up to 45 additional days within which to conduct a hearing, except in cases involving alleged examination or licensing fraud, in which cases the period may be up to 180 days. In no case shall more than two such orders be made or requests be granted.ADDED STATS 1972 CH 903 § 1. AMENDED STATS 1974 CH 1321 § 10; STATS 1986 CH 220 § 1, EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 1986.
The important part in this section is that the hearing shall be conducted within 90 days of the hearing being requested. Unless you, the applicant, request or agree to a continuance. I wouldn’t agree to a continuance because I wouldn’t want to give the board the ability to delay the process any further. If the OAH grants a request for extension, you’re stuck with it. The CSLB likes to say that the process can take 4-6 months, but I think this is a scare tactic. Section 487 suggests that a hearing could take place in as little as 3 months.
After a hearing request is submitted, Section 488 comes in to play.§ 488. HEARING REQUEST
Except as otherwise provided by law, following a hearing requested by an applicant pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 485, the board may take any of the following actions:
This one is interesting because of item (c). This suggests that the CSLB could deny the license… again. What’s curious is that it was a denial that led you down the appeal/hearing path in the first place.
So there you have it, some interesting facts about CSLB application denials and the appeals process.