City to collect annual fees from tattoo shops, hotels and more

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CASPER, Wyo. — Campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, tattoo and cosmetic shops will now have to pay a $25 annual fee to the City of Casper.

That is after the Casper City Council approved adding these business types to a “businesses affecting public health” ordinance on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson and Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz voted against the changes.

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With Tuesday’s third reading approval, the ordinance changes are now official.

Annual fees for business types under the new version of the ordinance are as follows:

  • $25 for campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, tattoo and cosmetic shops
  • $50 for child-care facilities
  • $100 for bars (an extra $25 if they serve food)
  • $100 for restaurants (an extra $25 if they serve alcohol)
  • $75 for swimming pools, grocery stores and other food-related businesses (an extra $25 to supermarkets with meat markets, bakeries and delicatessens)

The new ordinance removes a requirement that mobile food vendors pay such annual fees. It also has the effect of eliminating the need for them to receive health inspections from both the city and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

Now, only that health department health inspection will be required.

The new ordinance also removes some business types from listing such as laundries, public showers, dry cleaning and senior care centers. These businesses were previously required to pay $10 annual fees.

Schools are exempt from these annual fees.

City Manager Carter Napier has said that the purpose of the annual fees are to ensure that the city has a record of the businesses and is able to conduct health inspections.