The Douglas County Health Department may close upwards of 165 food and beverage businesses that are currently operating without a permit. Chief of Administration and Finance Tim Kelso says all businesses were sent notifications in November that the new permits were due on December 9th. Reminders to those delinquent were sent in January that permits were due and they would also be fined a $100 late fee.
Kelso says businesses not in compliance can expect a visit from the Health Department and Omaha police. He says, “One is the inspector from the Health Department. They would actually close the restaurant. An Omaha police officer will also be there and write a ticket for operating without a permit. It takes some time to coordinate that.”
Kelso for a business to remain open they have to pay their permit and late fee. If the business is closed they would have to pay an additional $200 fee to re-open because that requires a full health inspection. Separate from that you have the criminal component. The maximum fine is $500 and/or jail time. Kelso says each day a business continues to operate without a license they are in violation and additional fines are possible.