10.Application for a certificate of need shall be made to the department, and shall be in such form and contain such information as the department may prescribe. The department shall charge a nonreturnable fee for the filing of an application for a certificate of need. The minimum fee for the filing of an application shall be $7,500. For a project whose total cost is greater than $1 million, the fee shall be $7,500 plus 0.25% of the total project cost. Upon determination that an application is complete, copies thereof shall be referred by the department to the State Health Planning Board for review, when applicable.
The board shall provide adequate mechanisms for full consideration of each application submitted to the board and for developing recommendations thereon. Such recommendations, whether favorable or unfavorable, shall be forwarded to the commissioner within 90 days of the date of referral of the application. A copy of the recommendations made shall be forwarded to the applicant.
Recommendations concerning certificates of need shall be governed and based upon the principles and considerations set forth in section 8 of P.L.1971, c.136 (C:26:2H-8).
No member, officer or employee of the State Health Planning Board shall be subject to civil action in any court as the result of any act done or failure to act, or of any statement made or opinion given, while discharging his duties under this act as such member, officer, or employee, provided he acted in good faith with reasonable care and upon proper cause.
L.1971,c.136,s.10; amended 1978, c.83, s.7; 1991, c.187, s.36; 1997, c.392; 1998, c.43, s.10; 2003, c.117, s.10.