(1) A licensee may request a variance to waive or modify compliance with the health requirements of this subchapter by petitioning the department. An application for a variance must contain:
(a) a statement of the proposed variance from the chapter's requirements, citing the relevant rule numbers; and
(b) a rationale explaining how the potential public health hazards addressed by the relevant rules will be alternatively addressed by the proposal.
(2) The department may grant a variance by modifying or waiving the requirements of this chapter if, in the opinion of the department, a health hazard will not result from the variance.
(3) The failure to continuously demonstrate compliance with a variance or modification may result in license revocation or nonvalidation.
(4) The department reserves the right to deny or revoke a variance if, in its judgment, a health risk may occur.