—(1) An application for the issue of a licence shall be in such form as may be prescribed.
(2) On receipt of an application, the Director may in his discretion issue a licence subject to such terms and conditions as he may think fit to impose.
(3) The Director may refuse to issue a licence if —
the Director is not satisfied as to the character or fitness of the applicant to be the licensee of a child care centre or, where the applicant is a body corporate, as to the character or fitness of the members of the board of directors or committee or board of trustees or other governing body of the body corporate;
for reasons connected with the situation, construction, accommodation, staffing or equipment, the premises to be used for the child care centre are not fit to be used for the purposes of a child care centre;
the premises to be used as a child care centre do not comply with any requirements relating to the structure, fire precautions, health, sanitation and safety set out in regulations made under section 19; or
the child care centre would not be under the continuous personal management and supervision of a person of sufficient qualifications and experience to ensure the satisfactory operation of the child care centre.
(4) Where the Director refuses to issue a licence, he shall, if requested to do so by the applicant, state in writing the reasons for his refusal.