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liquor

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August

Elmwood Park Council Waives Liquor License Distance Requirement

The Elmwood Park Council adopted a resolution waiving the 500 foot distance requirement between liquor license locations in the borough.

The liquor license resolution was passed in support of “free enterprise.”

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tucson

26

August

City of Tucson, AZ Offering Tax Amnesty Program For Businesses

The City of Tucson is offering business owners an opportunity to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty, or reduced penalty, through their Tax Amnesty Program.

The amnesty period will run from September 1 through October 30. Businesses with delinquent business license fees, tax license fees, and/or city sales tax on or before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible for the Amnesty Program. Unlicensed businesses will also have the opportunity to obtain a business and/or tax license with a waiver of penalties during the program.

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home-doctor

26

August

Three Unlicensed Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Scramble To Comply With Regulations

State law mandates that all three businesses be licensed and undergo annual health and safety inspections. But for as long as Heidi Moran can remember, state regulators have allowed Southeastern New Hampshire Services to operate without any oversight.

That will change on July 1, 2016, when the state plans to cut funding to Southeastern New Hampshire Services and two other unlicensed residential programs. To keep their facilities running, the three centers will need to bill Medicaid and private insurers, who are now required to cover substance abuse treatment under the Affordable Care Act. But before the three centers can bill insurers, they’ll need a health care facility license that requires compliance with hundreds of regulations on everything from fire protection to door handles.

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ecigs

20

August

Brown County, MN Updates 17 Year Old Tobacco Ordinance

Brown County’s 17 year old tobacco ordinance on the sale and licensing of tobacco products is receiving an update.

The revision includes adding e–cigarettes to the list of other tobacco products stores and vendors need a license to sell. The licensing of e-cigarettes is a topic that we’ve previously discussed.

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violations

18

August

Pennsylvania Business Cited For License Violation

The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited a Neshannock Township business for a liquor license violation.

Castle Hills Golf Course was cited for failing to notify the Liquor Control Enforcement Bureau of a change in managers. The business could face up to $5000 in fines.

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dock

13

August

Florida Restaurant Closed For Unlicensed Activity

A Crab Island restaurant was shut down by the state last week after a random inspection revealed it had been operating without a license.

The restaurant is actually located on a boat and according to Florida Statutes, food barges are required to have the same permits as food trucks or other mobile food vendors. The owners are facing a substantial fine for operating a public food service establishment without a license.

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doctor

10

August

Florida Investigation of Planned Parenthood Clinics Finds Unlicensed Activity

Three Planned Parenthood Federation of America clinics in Florida were ordered to stop performing second-trimester abortions after an investigation found they didn’t have the proper licenses, the state Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday.

All three clinics were found to be providing services beyond the scope of their licenses. The clinics may be issued a $500 fine for each violation.

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cleaning

06

August

Unlicensed California Cleaning Company Fined $1,500 By Contractors State License Board

A cleaning company in San Jose hired to take care of mold remediation at a rental home has been cited by the Contractors State License Board and fined $1,500.

Interestingly, the cleaning company was actually issued 2 separate fines. The first was a $750 fine for operating without a license and the second was a $750 fine for advertising without a license.

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foodtruck

05

August

Midwest City Amends Code To Allow Food Trucks

According to city officials, by making this change, food truck operators will be allowed to operate within the city limits of Midwest City, as long as they follow specified requirements, including only operating in areas zoned for business or industrial uses.

Operating a food truck in Midwest City will now require a license and an up-to-date food manager’s certification from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Food truck operators will have to file a sworn application in writing, provided by the city clerk, and pay an annual city license fee of $250.

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04

August

Zoning Change Quenches Thirst For Alcohol In Detroit Restaurants

A zoning change that advocates describe as a win for restaurant owners outside of downtown’s 1.6 square miles — particularly with the proliferation of new dining spots there and in the greater downtown’s 7.2 square miles — took effect last month after nearly three years of work.

The zoning change makes the process for opening a restaurant in Detriot a lot quicker and easier than it used to be. Prospective restaurateurs no longer have to go through a lengthy hearing process with the Building, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department and the Board of Zoning Appeals if they want to locate within 1,000 feet of two other alcohol-serving restaurants. Restaurants throughout the city’s 143 square miles that serve alcohol are now considered a “by right” use.

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