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Temporarily Close Business Operations

Safekeeping & Temporary Closing Authority

If your business stops operating at the issued location, you may be required to notify us. Read the guidelines below and, if applicable, download and complete the form on this webpage to put a permit into safekeeping or temporarily close the permit premises. 


If your permit premises is destroyed or made unusable for any cause, or tenancy is terminated for any cause, you must deliver the permit to us for safekeeping until the original permit premises is available for occupancy or new premises are secured by the permit holder. See Ohio Revised Code 4303.272.

Temporary Closing Authority

If you are unable to operate or desire to discontinue the operation of your permit business for more than 30 days, you, a majority of your officers, partners, shareholders, or managing members must notify us, by affidavit, providing the following information:

  • the reason for the request,
  • specifying the last date of operation of the business, and
  • indicating the period of time you wish to remain closed.

When you discontinue operation for more than thirty days it must be for a bona fide reason. You must also be a bona fide operator. “Bona fide” operator means substantial service, as distinguished from incidental, sporadic, or infrequent service.

No closing authority shall extend for more than 180 days from the last date of operation of the business, except for good cause.

During the period of closing authority, the permit premises shall not be used for any other purpose.

At the end of the closing authority period, you must resume operation. If you are unable or unwilling to resume operation and no extension of closing authority has been granted, we will not renew your permit. Noncompliance with the above provisions shall be grounds for suspension, revocation, or rejection of the permit.

If we determine the permit business has been closed for more than 30 days and you have not notified us of the closing within 30 days of the last date of operation of the business, we will issue a citation to you for failure to exercise permit privileges and for being closed more than 30 days without the our consent.

This rule is only applicable to you if you have operated your permit business for at least 6 months, unless you can show a mental illness, physical disability or other just cause necessitating closure of the permit business prior to 6 months of operation.

See Ohio Administrative Code 4301:1-1-16.