Greenspoon Marder Hospitality, Alcohol & Leisure Blog: New Drinking Ordinance in Denver
Hospitality, Alcohol & Leisure Blog
Nov 15, 2019
Louis J. Terminello, Esq.
Local ordinances play a significant role in the establishment and operations of bars and restaurants in cities around the country. Cities and counties may regulate a multitude of issues including distance requirements between similar establishments, school and churches, hours of operation and sidewalk permits. These are but a few of the issues these ordinances address. Enter the Denver City Council which unanimously approved “the common consumption” ordinance the other night.
The ordinance is crafted in such away where a number of businesses that are “strung together” may apply for a special permit which allows consumers to roam freely (outdoors) between the establishments in a defined area with drink in hand. Apparently, the new ordinance is designed to increase business for drinking establishments that do not have roof-top patios. Denver licensing authorities stated that in general, sidewalk consumption will not be permitted but areas that are closed off to vehicle traffic such as alley ways and parking lots may be entitled to be included in the “common consumption” area.
Approval for the permit requires neighborhood and city approval prior to its issuance. Permits are expected to be issued beginning in spring of 2020.
As many of our readers know, Greenspoon Marder has offices in Denver and the Hospitality, Alcohol & Leisure Industry Group can assist licensed vendors in the Mile High City in this permitting process.
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