(1) The clinic shall permit authorized
representatives of the Department to make periodic, scheduled or unscheduled
inspections of all clinic facilities. During each inspection each owner,
partner, associate, corporate director, office manager or employee of the
clinic shall cooperate with the Departments representative and upon demand
shall exhibit all records, instructional aides or such other materials as may
be called for to be inspected.
The telephone must be used exclusively for the operation of the clinic. The
telephone may be used in conjunction with an Alcohol Program licensed by the
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, or with
a driver training school or ignition interlock provider licensed by the
Department. The clinic must notify the Department in writing within ten (10)
days of any telephone number changes for the clinic.
(3) Sufficient indoor space must be provided
for the purpose of instruction, to include individual desks or tables with
chairs to accommodate students comfortably. Classes of instruction are limited
to a maximum number of forty (40) students per class unless the Department
determines that the space is inadequate for that number of students. In those
situations, the maximum number will be calculated on twenty square feet per
student with a minimum number of fifteen students per class. The minimum square
feet of an indoor classroom must be at least 300 square feet of useable
classroom space. Programs licensed prior to the enactment of the 300 square
foot minimum may continue to utilize existing classrooms that satisfied the
prior requirement of 250 square feet. Such programs may not add new classrooms
that are less than 300 square feet in size. The maximum number of students per
class determined by the Department does not supersede the occupancy load or
maximum for the building determined by the local governing entity (i.e. county
or city fire marshal, inspector, or agent). A copy of the Certificate of
Occupancy must be submitted during the certification application
(4) A clinic shall
maintain business hours of at least fifteen (15) hours per week, half of which
must fall within the Department's normal business hours. An employee of the
clinic must be available during this time to furnish information of operation,
verify attendance to a class, or to produce the necessary records or documents
whenever requested by a member of the Department. The clinic may close for a
lunch hour at a set time, upon notice to the Department of the scheduled lunch
hour. Each clinic is responsible for notifying the Department of times during
which the business office of the clinic will be closed for lunch or vacation
and of the regularly scheduled hours of operation of the business
(5) Each clinic must have a
principal office. The principal office cannot be located in a private residence
unless a separate public outside entrance is provided.
(6) Any school, office, or classroom facility
utilized for or approved for the purposes of a Driver Improvement Clinic shall
comply with the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990, before a permit is issued. The owner shall certify to the Department
that the office and/or classroom complies with the Act, its implementing
regulations, and Georgia laws governing access for the handicapped.
(7) Any school, office, or classroom facility
utilized for or approved for the purpose of a Driver Improvement Clinic shall
be clean and safe from health hazards such as rodents, pest infestation, and
(8) Any driver improvement
clinic which is to be closed on a weekday other than for federal or state
holidays must give the Department written notice of the closure two weeks in
advance. Confirmation of the receipt of the notice will be issued by the
Department. The clinic is not relieved of its obligations to make records and
documents available for inspection unless it has received confirmation of
receipt of the notice of proposed closure from the Department.
Ga. Comp. R. &
Regs. R. 375-5-1-.10
entitled "Office Requirements" adopted. F. June 10,
2002; eff. June 30, 2002.
Amended: F. Feb. 20,
2003; eff. Mar. 12, 2003.
Amended: F. Mar. 25,
2014; eff. Apr. 14, 2014.
Amended: New title "Driver Improvement Clinic Office
Requirements." F. Jan. 14, 2021; eff.
Feb. 3, 2021.