The Douglas County Health Department says inspectors will begin to visit the businesses today that need to have a permit to continue to operate.
If they do not have a permit today, and are continuing to operate their business, Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says they will follow the law and close them.
Last week the department said more than 100 bars and restaurants had not paid their 2013 permit fees, which were due on January 1. A large majority of the restaurants contacted the department during the past week and are now operating in good standing.
“We have more than 2,400 food and drink permits in our community, and the vast majority of those businesses do an excellent job,” said Dr. Pour. “They have been very responsive to our request to be up-to-date on their permits.”
Department staff on Monday morning reviewed the list of restaurants that are thought to have permit fees outstanding. Several of the restaurants on the list potentially have closed, have changed ownership, or are operating under a misunderstanding of the law.