Former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar has laid relatively low since his 2015 molestation and cheating scandals. Now he has found himself in the sights of Washington County, Arkansas, officials because of shady business practices.
After the scandalous news broke about Duggar, he left his lobbying job at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. and returned to his home state of Arkansas with his wife Anna and their children. He has been managing the used car lot Wholesale Motorcars, but the business doesn’t have the proper county permits.
“We have one zoning designation in the county to allow single-family residential or agricultural uses,” a Washington County planning official told Radar Online. “Anything else requires a conditional use permit to request a zoning change.”
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The Washington County fire marshal alerted authorities about Duggar’s unlawful activity. The planning official says that the disgraced former reality star “basically” opened up shop and didn’t notify anyone. Once the fire marshal realized that Duggar didn’t have a permit, he sent out three different 90-day notices telling them that he needed to “come into compliance.”
After that, the planning official says that the fire marshal was done sending out notifications, and he required Duggar to make an effort toward receiving a review and permit approval. Eventually, Duggar complied via representatives who showed up at a November 1st planning commission meeting.
In addition to the requirement of requesting a conditional use permit, the county also had Duggar make some big changes to his business’ facilities. The fire marshal requested that Duggar add the address of his business to the building and entrance, add a smoke detector to the office, add a fire lane, and extend the driveway to a minimum of 20 feet.
The Washington County planning board approved the fire marshal’s request, and then followed up with a visit to Duggar’s business.
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After Josh’s scandals, TLC canceled 19 Kids & Counting and he came close to ruining his family’s media empire. HIs siblings ended up spinning off onto their own show, Counting On, but Duggar and his wife and kids have not been part of that.
Josh and Anna also stayed away from social media until earlier this year, when Anna returned to Instagram and Twitter after a two-year hiatus. She mostly posts about their five children, but every once in a while Josh will make an appearance.
The most recent Josh Duggar sighting on social media was on election day when Anna shared of photo of the family wearing red, white, and blue to the polls.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC in 2019.