Council calls for clarity with permits
City officials said it can be difficult for business owners to know what permits are needed since the requirements are imposed by several different agencies. Several councilmen said the possibility that other businesses in the city could require but lack health permits is a concern. A review of about 100 businesses in the city found one store that may need a permit: the Office Max near Arrow Highway and the 57 Freeway. Besides office supplies, it sells pre-packaged food – desk- friendly treats such as popcorn, Twizzlers, gummybears, pretzels and coffee – in an area larger than 10 square feet. A store manager declined to comment, referring all inquiries to the main office. Jennifer Rook, public relations manager for Office Max, said while she couldn’t immediately comment on the San Dimas store, the company tries to comply with any county or state regulations. Daniels and some former visitors to her wine bar say it’s hard to understand how the city could fail to mention to her that she needed a health permit. “The city should have let her know what she needed before it opened,” said Marty Weintraub, a fan of the wine bar. “I feel San Dimas dropped the ball again. They had an opportunity to make downtown special, and instead of helping her get what she needed, they dropped the ball.” Health permits are granted and enforced by the county, city officials said. Mayor Curtis Morris, councilmen John Ebiner and Jeff Templeman, and City Manager Blaine Michaelis all said they hoped to help business owners applying for city permits and licenses remember to see if they need a health permit. “There should be a checklist for the business owner to follow just as a courtesy,” Ebiner said. “A list that has things on it that the city may not be responsible for, like the \ license or the health permit – something letting the business owner know that if they need those, that’s their responsibility.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIMAS – The San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room enlivened downtown San Dimas and entertained City Council members and community members alike for almost a year and a half before it was shut down for lack of a health permit. When the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health closed it in March, city officials said they had no idea there was a problem, although the building is located less than a third of a mile from City Hall and the wine bar received a business license and conditional use permit from the city. Making sure city businesses had all the required permits from other agencies is not the city’s responsibility, they said. Now, some council members and city staff are looking at ways to make sure that city stores know to get their health permits. “I had no idea that we needed a health permit” for wine tasting, co-owner Heidi Daniels said. Although she touted her restaurant experience when applying for city permits, she said she never considered that wine tasting businesses might need a health permit just like a restaurant.