Topless Maid Service Has Davis County Officials Rehashing the Rules on Sex-Oriented Businesses

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Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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(FARMINGTON, UT) — Davis County commissioners are expected to approve new rules covering all sexually oriented businesses after the debut of a topless maid service.

The rules will prohibit strip clubs from selling alcohol, limit what people can see from the street and mandate criminal background checks for business operators.

The Davis County Office of Community and Economic Development is revising a business license ordinance while adding a section on sexually oriented businesses. The new ordinance will go before county commissioners for approval next week. Because it deals with licensing and not zoning, the changes don’t require a public hearing.

The subject came up after the town of West Point granted a business license to Black Rose Enterprises, which sends topless maids to private homes for light housework – dusting and vacuuming.

"We just want to be ready if someone like that wants to come into the unincorporated area of the county," said Barry Burton, an assistant director for Davis County’s Office of Community and Economic Development.

Burton said he was surprised by West Point’s recent approval for topless maids.

Cities in Davis County have created their own license ordinances dealing with sex businesses. But that doesn’t cover 8 percent of the developable land in Davis County.

Burton said the timing was right to revise a 1950s county business ordinance.

Jeff Oyler of Community and Economic Development says the added restrictions will not prevent sexually oriented businesses from getting licensed. They will just have to jump through a few bureaucratic hoops.