Proposed revisions to the St. Charles liquor code have been boiled down to 11 sections covering a little more than two pages and would affect only two classes of liquor licenses.
Class B restaurant licenses and Class C tavern licenses are the only classes of licenses that would be affected by the proposed revisions, which would allow license holders to remain open until midnight across the city.
Establishments wanting to remain open later than midnight would have to apply for 1 a.m. permits or 2 a.m. permits, whose hours could be reduced or even revoked after liquor code violations.
Here’s a quick summary of other changes:
The City Council could decide, at some point, to restrict the number of late-night permits.
Sets criteria for issuing late-night permits. Those criteria include surrounding land uses; the business’ concept; the proximity to other liquor establishments; the applicants’ prior business experience; public health, safety and welfare; public safety resources; market conditions; and other criteria.
The annual liquor license renewal process would begin in early February, with applicants of late-night permits required to specify which permit (1 a.m. or 2 a.m.) they are seeking.
Several sections outlining the city’s procedures in processing licenses and permits.
Consideration of new late-night permit applications would be subject to a liquor commission recommendation and then a City Council decision.
A section enabling the city to reduce hours for or even revoke a late-night permit under certain conditions. For example, a 2 a.m. permit holder could have hours cut to 1 a.m. or even have the permit revoked, requiring the establishment to close at midnight instead.
The final section of the proposed code revision sets out the criteria for reducing the hours or revocation of a late-night permit. Those criteria may relate to unpaid city fees, utilities, taxes or other financial matters; repetitive fire code violations pertaining to health and safety; building code violations; and liquor code violations.
The final section of the draft revision gives the permit holder the right to a public hearing before any disciplinary action is taken.