California Health & Safety Code > Health & Saf. Code §1597.54. Applications for Initial Licensure; Preexisting License
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(a) All family daycare homes for children, shall apply for a license under this chapter, except that any home that, on June 28, 1981, had a valid and unexpired license to operate as a family daycare home for children under other provisions of law shall be deemed to have a license under this chapter for the unexpired term of the license, at which time a new license may be issued upon fulfilling the requirements of this chapter.
(b) An applicant for licensure as a family daycare home for children shall file with the department, pursuant to its regulations, an application on forms furnished by the department, which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) A brief statement confirming that the applicant is financially secure to operate a family daycare home for children. The department shall not require any other specific or detailed financial disclosure.
(2) (A) Evidence that the small family daycare home contains a fire extinguisher or smoke detector device, or both, that meets standards established by the State Fire Marshal under Section 1597.455, or evidence that the large family daycare home meets the standards established by the State Fire Marshal under subdivision (a) of Section 1597.46.
(B) Evidence satisfactory to the department that there is a fire escape and disaster plan for the facility and that fire drills and disaster drills will be conducted at least once every six months. The documentation of these drills shall be maintained at the facility on a form prepared by the department and shall include the date and time of the drills.
(3) The fingerprints of any applicant of a family daycare home license, and any other adult, as required under subdivision (b) of Section 1596.871.
(4) Evidence of a current tuberculosis clearance, as defined in regulations that the department shall adopt, for any adult in the home during the time that children are under care. This requirement may be satisfied by a current certificate, as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 121525, that indicates freedom from infectious tuberculosis as set forth in Section 121525.
(5) Commencing September 1, 2016, evidence of current immunity or exemption from immunity, as described in Section 1597.622, for the applicant and any other person who provides care and supervision to the children.
(6) Evidence satisfactory to the department of the ability of the applicant to comply with this chapter and Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 1596.70) and the regulations adopted pursuant to those chapters.
(7) Evidence satisfactory to the department that the applicant and all other persons residing in the home are of reputable and responsible character. The evidence shall include, but not be limited to, a criminal record clearance pursuant to Section 1596.871, employment history, and character references.
(8) Other information as required by the department for the proper administration and enforcement of the act.
(c) Failure of the applicant to cooperate with the licensing agency in the completion of the application shall result in the denial of the application. Failure to cooperate means that the information described in this section and in regulations of the department has not been provided, or not provided in the form requested by the licensing agency, or both.
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