(a) Notwithstanding any other law, if a person cited pursuant to Section 7028.7 or 7099 wishes to contest the citation, that person shall, within 15 days after service of
the citation, file in writing a request for an administrative hearing as provided
pursuant to Section 7028.12 or 7099.5.
(b)(1) In addition to, or instead of, requesting an administrative hearing pursuant
to subdivision (a), the person cited pursuant to Section 7028.7 or 7099 may, within 15 days after service of the citation, contest the citation by submitting
a written request for an informal citation conference to the chief of the enforcement
division or a designee.
(2) Upon receipt of a written request for an informal citation conference, the chief
of the enforcement division or a designee shall, within 60 days of the request, hold
an informal citation conference with the person requesting the conference. The cited person may be accompanied and represented by an attorney or other authorized
(3) If an informal citation conference is held, the request for an administrative
hearing shall be deemed withdrawn and the chief of the enforcement division, or a
designee, may affirm, modify, or dismiss the citation at the conclusion of the informal
citation conference. If so affirmed or modified, the citation originally issued shall be considered withdrawn
and an affirmed or modified citation, including reasons for the decision, shall be
issued. The affirmed or modified citation shall be mailed to the cited person and that person's
counsel, if any, within 10 days of the date of the informal citation conference.
(4) If a cited person wishes to contest a citation affirmed or modified pursuant to
paragraph (3), the person shall, within 30 days after service of the modified or affirmed
citation, contest the affirmed or modified citation by submitting a written request
for an administrative hearing to the chief of the enforcement division or a designee. An informal citation conference shall not be held for affirmed or modified citations.
(c) The citation conference is informal and shall not be subject to the Administrative
Procedure Act (Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 11400) of, or Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of, Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
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