- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Douglas County officials say they’ll soon begin closing 165 food and drink businesses that don’t have permits.

The first notices were sent Nov. 9 to inform the businesses of a Dec. 9 due date for renewing permits that were going to expire Dec. 31. A reminder letter was sent Jan. 15.

Violators can be fined or jailed or face both penalties for operating without permits.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1UYezPo ) that businesses that provide food or drink to the public are subject to regulation and inspection. Permit revenue helps pay for the regulation and inspection.

County officials say more than 2,100 establishments have paid for their 2016 permits.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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