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St. Charles Council OKs late night liquor permit rules

Updated: January 22, 2014 11:10AM

The St. Charles City Council has approved amendments to the city’s Liquor Ordinance that would require a late night permit for businesses serving alcohol past midnight, as recommended recently by the city’s Liquor Control Commission.

Under the new regulations, Class B and C license holders — restaurants and taverns — would be required to close at midnight unless they obtain either a 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. late night permit, except on New Year’s Eve. The late night permit fee for a 1 a.m. closing is $800 and $2,300 for a 2 a.m. closing. The fees are in addition to normal liquor licensing fees.

All late night permits will be reviewed as needed and renewals will be decided on an annual basis, city officials said.

“Elected officials believe that holding a liquor license and staying open later is a privilege,” said Mayor Raymond Rogina, who serves as the city’s Liquor Control Commissioner. “We support an active downtown, as well as promoting a safe environment to enjoy the many engaging options for dining, entertainment and nightlife.”

The new ordinance encourages licensees to close earlier, with license fees ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 for a standard midnight closing. Currently, liquor licenses call for a 2 a.m. closing and fees range from $1,200 to $3,000.

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