Enforcement Actions

The Public Health Department imposes the following types of enforcement actions:

  • Suspension of Permit to Operate for Imminent Health Hazard: The permit is suspended and a directive is given to cease and desist using unsafe portions of the facility or the entire facility to ensure public health. A hearing is not required to suspend a permit, but the opportunity must be given for a hearing after the suspension is in effect. Grounds for closure due to imminent public health risks may include but are not limited to:
    • No water
    • Sewage backups or overflows
    • No utilities
    • Fire
    • Pest infestation
    • Contaminated food
    • Foodborne illness outbreak
    • Inadequate refrigeration
    • Flood
  • Revocation of Permit to Operate: Food establishment permits may be revoked due to serious or repeated violations of any of the requirements of the Saint Louis County Food Code. Prior to revocation of the permit, the permit holder will be afforded an opportunity to appeal the Department of Public Health’s decision. Whenever a revocation has become final, the holder of the revoked permit may submit an application for a new permit after the stated time period has elapsed. However, prior to the issuance of a new permit the food establishment must meet all applicable provisions of Saint Louis County Food Code.