162 Refusal of application for certificate of approval

(1)

This section applies if the Secretary proposes to refuse to grant an application for a certificate of approval.

(2)

The Secretary must notify the applicant of the proposed refusal, and of the Secretary’s reasons for it.

(3)

The notice must invite the applicant to make submissions to the Secretary on the matter, either in person or in writing, within 15 working days after the date on which the notice is given to the applicant, or within any further period that the Secretary allows if an application for an extension is made within the time period specified in this subsection.

(4)

If the applicant makes a submission to the Secretary within the time specified in subsection (3), the Secretary must consider the submission before finally determining whether or not to grant the application.

(5)

If the Secretary decides to refuse the application, the Secretary must notify the applicant of that decision, and the reasons for it, and of the applicant’s right to appeal against the decision under section 171.

Compare: 1990 No 62 s 56