2017 ORS 624.073¹
Revocation, suspension or refusal of license
  • closure
  • sanitation score
  • inspection schedule
  • fees

(1) If the Director of the Oregon Health Authority determines that a critical violation of ORS 624.010 (Definitions for ORS 624.010 to 624.121) to 624.121 (State Food Service Advisory Committee), or any rule promulgated pursuant thereto, exists in a restaurant or bed and breakfast facility and the critical violation constitutes a potential danger to the public health, the director may revoke, suspend or refuse to issue the license required by ORS 624.020 (License) if, after a reasonable time has been given for correction of the violation, but not longer than 14 days, the violation continues to exist. The director shall reinstate a license that has been revoked or suspended if the director determines that the violation has been corrected.

(2) Notwithstanding ORS 624.020 (License), if the director determines that a critical violation of ORS 624.010 (Definitions for ORS 624.010 to 624.121) to 624.121 (State Food Service Advisory Committee), or any rule promulgated pursuant thereto, exists in a restaurant or bed and breakfast facility and the critical violation constitutes an imminent or present danger to the public health, the director may order immediate correction, use of an approved alternative procedure or closure of the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility by written notice thereof to the operator. The inspection report carrying a statement ordering closure and specifying the reasons therefor signed by the director and delivered to the operator may serve as the written notice of the closure. The director shall use inspection forms that clearly display notice that procedures are available to the licensee under ORS chapter 183 for appeal of the closure order. A copy of the notice shall be filed with the records of the Oregon Health Authority. The closure order shall have the effect of an immediate revocation of the operator’s license. If requested, the director shall provide a prompt hearing after the closure in accordance with ORS chapter 183.

(3) If the director determines that closure of the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility is necessary because failure to correct a critical violation or implement an approved alternative procedure constitutes a potential danger to the public health, or failure to correct a critical violation or implement an approved alternative procedure constitutes an imminent or present danger to the public health, the director shall:

(a) Notify the owner or person in charge of the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility that such restaurant or bed and breakfast facility shall not be used for food service purposes until the critical violations specified in the inspection report have been corrected; and

(b) Post a notice of closure upon the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility at the customary entrance to the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility in public view to the effect that the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility is closed for operation because a critical violation exists.

(4)(a) No person shall remove a notice of closure from a restaurant or bed and breakfast facility until the violation which caused the notice to be posted has been corrected.

(b) No person shall operate a restaurant or bed and breakfast facility upon which a notice of closure has been posted until the violation which caused the notice to be posted has been corrected and the notice has been removed.

(5) The director shall define clearly the criteria and rules for conformance to acceptable food service practices used to determine the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility sanitation score to insure statewide uniformity in the inspection and licensing processes. Critical violations which constitute a potential danger to the public health and critical violations which constitute an imminent or present danger to the public health shall be clearly defined. Minimum acceptable food service standard procedures shall be clearly defined by setting a minimum acceptable sanitation score for a licensed restaurant or bed and breakfast facility.

(6) If a restaurant or bed and breakfast facility obtains a sanitation score of less than the minimum acceptable standard, the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility operator or person in charge of the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility shall be notified of impending closure if, after reinspection within 30 days, the sanitation score does not meet minimum acceptable food service standards. If closure action is taken after reinspection, the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility may not be operated until the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility operator submits a plan for correction of the violations that receives the approval of the director and a subsequent inspection of the restaurant or bed and breakfast facility produces a sanitation score that meets minimum acceptable food service standards.

(7) The authority may establish a more frequent inspection schedule for a restaurant licensed under ORS 624.020 (License) that fails to meet specific minimum standards established by the authority. The authority may charge a fee for costs associated with the performance of additional inspections.

(8) As used in this section, “imminent” means impending or likely to develop without delay. [Formerly 624.085; 2009 c.595 §1007]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 624—Food Service Facilities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors624.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.