Section 403.5252, Florida Statutes 2007
403.5252 Determination of completeness.--
(1)(a) Within 30 days after distribution of an application, the affected agencies shall file a statement with the department containing the recommendations of each agency concerning the completeness of the application for certification.
(b) Within 7 days after receipt of the completeness statements of each agency, the department shall file a statement with the Division of Administrative Hearings, with the applicant, and with all parties declaring its position with regard to the completeness of the application. The statement of the department shall be based upon its consultation with the affected agencies.
(2) If the department declares the application to be incomplete, the applicant, within 14 days after the filing of the statement by the department, shall file with the Division of Administrative Hearings, with all parties, and with the department:
(a) A withdrawal of the application;
(b) Additional information necessary to make the application complete. After the department first determines the application to be incomplete, the time schedules under this act are not tolled if the applicant makes the application complete within the 14-day period. A subsequent finding by the department that the application remains incomplete tolls the time schedules under this act until the application is determined complete;
(c) A statement contesting the department's determination of incompleteness; or
(d) A statement agreeing with the department and requesting additional time to provide the information necessary to make the application complete. If the applicant exercises this option, the time schedules under this act are tolled until the application is determined complete.
(3)(a) If the applicant contests the determination by the department that an application is incomplete, the administrative law judge shall schedule a hearing on the statement of completeness. The hearing shall be held as expeditiously as possible, but not later than 21 days after the filing of the statement by the department. The administrative law judge shall render a decision within 7 days after the hearing.
(b) Parties to a hearing on the issue of completeness shall include the applicant, the department, and any agency that has jurisdiction over the matter in dispute. Any substantially affected person who wishes to become a party to the hearing on the issue of completeness must file a motion no later than 10 days before the date of the hearing.
(c) If the administrative law judge determines that the application was not complete, the applicant shall withdraw the application or make such additional submittals as necessary to complete it. The time schedules referencing a complete application under this act do not commence until the application is determined complete.
(d) If the administrative law judge determines that the application was complete at the time it was declared incomplete, the time schedules referencing a complete application under this act shall commence upon such determination.
(4) If the applicant provides additional information to address the issues identified in the determination of incompleteness, each affected agency may submit to the department, no later than 14 days after the applicant files the additional information, a recommendation on whether the agency believes the application is complete. Within 21 days after receipt of the additional information from the applicant submitted under paragraph (2)(b), paragraph (2)(d), or paragraph (3)(c) and considering the recommendations of the affected agencies, the department shall determine whether the additional information supplied by an applicant makes the application complete. If the department finds that the application is still incomplete, the applicant may exercise any of the options specified in subsection (2) as often as is necessary to resolve the dispute.
History.--s. 32, ch. 90-331; s. 147, ch. 96-410; s. 52, ch. 2006-230.