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Posted on: April 3, 2019

City adopting changes to liquor license renewals

The Minot City Council adopted changes on first reading to the city’s ordinances relating to alcoholic beverage sales license holders.

One major change will be the license period. Licenses have been issued on a fiscal year basis, running from July 1-June 30. Under the changes, the license period will now be from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, bringing City license renewals into line with State license renewals. In addition, the full amount of the annual fee will now be due at the time the license is renewed.

This year’s license will be for a period of July 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020. That means the fee for the license will be for 18 months instead of 12 months.

The notarized application forms must be received in the City of Minot clerk’s office before 4:30 p.m. on April 29. The building inspection, fire inspection, and background check must be approved prior to the June 17 City Council meeting to ensure there is no disruption in a business’s service.

There is a requirement for all license holders that allow entrance to individuals under the age of 21 to file with the renewal application a statement by a certified public accountant indicating the establishment’s books have been examined and tested for the previous year’s gross sales to determine sales from food exceed gross sales from the sale of alcoholic beverages in the dining room. In lieu of a certified public accountant’s statement, the licensee may furnish a certified copy of the licensee’s sales tax return for the most recent 12-month period prior to renewal.

The proposed changes must be approved on second reading at the April 15 City Council meeting.

Other changes include:

  • The City Clerk is now required to submit the application to the City Council for review within 45 days of receipt of all application materials. City staff will ensure that all inspections are completed within the timeframe, and all inspection reports will be submitted to the City Council with the application materials.
  • There have also been changes to the Special Events Permits. Under the new rules, an event permit is required to be submitted at least seven days prior to the event. Written approval by the Police Chief is still required.

For more information, contact City Clerk Kelly Matalka at 857-4752.

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