More than 100 bars and restaurants in Douglas County have not yet paid for their health permits and Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says enough is enough. She says fees for health permits were due on January 1st.
Dr. Pour says if these delinquent bars and restaurants don’t pay for their permits and the 100-dollar late fee by the end of the week a sticker will go up on their door stating “closed by the Douglas County Heath Department”. In order for those businesses to re-open they have to pay for the permit, the $100 late fee and a $200 reinstatement fee on top of that. Dr. Pour says they typically see fewer than a dozen establishments every year that are four months late paying for the permits but this is the first time more than 100 are on the list.
Dr. Pour says operating without a permit is also a misdemeanor under the municipal code and operators are subject to prosecution that includes up to a five-hundred dollar fine and six months in jail.