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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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July

Trenton, NJ Cracking Down On Unlicensed Businesses

This week letters will be sent out to businesses that do not have a valid business license or health permit.

The owners of these businesses will be given just a small window of time to comply because this is not the first warning they’ve received. If the owners fail to pay in time then they will be issued a summons. If that summons is ignored then their business could be shut down.

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July

1 In 5 Businesses In Kankakee, IL Has No City License

Nearly 170 Kankakee businesses apparently are operating without a city-mandated business license, not only withholding badly needed money from the city, but also potentially evading important safety inspections.

Noncompliant businesses, including those exempt from a renewal fee, could face fines ranging from $50 to $500 for each day without a license through adjudication court.

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July

Deputies Cite Two Unlicensed Rancho Cucamonga Massage Parlors

Two massage parlors — one of which was part of a sting in June — were recently cited by sheriff’s deputies for operating a business without a license, authorities said.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies witnessed employees from both massage parlors seeing customers and completing business transactions without being properly licensed by the city.  Neither business was found to have a proper business license or conditional use permit.

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July

Amherst, VA Readies To Collect On Back Taxes For Business Licenses

Since 2008, the town of Amherst has steadily fallen behind in collecting money owed for updated business licenses.

Now in 2015, the Town Council has started the process of enforcing new methods for collecting overdue licenses. Those new methods include utilizing bank liens.

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July

Bergen County, NJ Moving Companies Cited For Unlicensed Services

New Jersey issued violation notices against eight moving companies for allegedly soliciting customers or performing moving services in the state without being licensed by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The violation notice requires that the company pay a civil penalty of $2,500. That fine can be reduced to $1,250 if the company submits an application to the division for a public mover’s license within 15 days.

 

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July

2 Pennsylvania Bars Closed Over License Issues

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board deactivated the license for the businesses on July 1, primarily because the owner, NCK Inc., failed to submit a midterm validation for its ongoing operation.

In Pennsylvania, liquor licenses are usually granted for two years, but in alternating years a business needs to confirm that they’re still operating by filing a validation. The PLCB needs the validation to verify the license holder’s status before confirming that the license is still good.

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July

Unlicensed SoHo Day Care Is Shut Down After Tragedy

The owner of the day care was ordered to shut down amid revelations that it had never been licensed.

There are numerous unlicensed day care centers in New York City that operate outside the law and they only come to regulators’ attention when a child is hurt. Tragically, that is exactly what happened recently in SoHo. The sad details are here.

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July

Seattle Council OKs Plan To Close Medical-Marijuana Businesses

The Seattle City Council approved a plan to shut down medical marijuana businesses that have opened since January 2013.

As part of a new licensing plan, Seattle will force medical-marijuana businesses that opened Jan. 1, 2013, or later to shut down by next July. This plan was propelled by recent changes in state law that will require all marijuana shops to be state-licensed by next July.

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July

Liquor Board Closes Business For Violations

It should be a clear warning to bar businesses who sell their company to a new owner who doesn’t follow through with St. Mary’s County Liquor Board regulations: You can still be liable.

There’s a cautionary tale in Leonardtown, MD. When you sell a business, you may still be liable when the licenses change hands.

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