Monday, August 27, 2012

New requirements passed for late-night entertainment

Portland Daily Sun New requirements passed for late-night entertainment Written by Craig Lyons Portland clubs that want to host late night events will have a new set of regulations to meet to obtain an entertainment license from the city. The City Council Monday night passed three amendments to the ordinance that regulates late night entertainment. The amendments require a review process for venues, limits the number of late-night events that can be held and creates a time frame for when an applicant must submit a request for a license. The proposed amendment adds three new criteria to the ordinance: The license will limit operations to 24 after-hour events per year; mandate that a written notice be given to the city clerk about an event at least seven days in advance; and An applicant for a license must meet with the police department for a review of the security plan and an on-site visit before the license is presented to the City Council. The existing regulations are: Operations under the after-hour entertainment license must end at 3 a.m. and attendance at events will be limited to people who are at least 21 years old if an establishment has a liquor license and limited to at least 18 years old for a venue without a liquor license. The amendment changes the exception provision of the ordinance as well. The exception says that any event that obtains a license for a single entertainment after 3 a.m. that is for a public purpose and may allow people under the age of 21 to attend. Any event that is permitted under that provision will not count toward to two-event limit for venues, according to the proposed language. The language that was passed Monday night was different from what was first brought to the council. One of the amendments sought to limit the ability to venues to get late-night entertainment license to only twice per month. The measure met opposition from some members of the council. Councilor John Anton spoke against the twice-per-month limit and said the cap wouldn't allow businesses to tailor their special events to opportunities as they present themselves. Councilor Cheryl Leeman said the twice-per-month limit presents a fairness issue since there are businesses that already have the license and won't be subject to the new regulations. She said it puts new license applicants at a competitive disadvantage in a very competitive market. "I can't support the requirement to limit it to two times a month," she said. Councilor David Marshall said businesses want to have flexibility when it comes to developing their schedule of programs and the two licenses per month limit would hamper their ability to do that. Anton put forth a motion to remove the limit on the number of licenses from the amendments entirely, though it failed to get the necessary votes. The council settled on the 24-license limit per calendar year as a compromise.

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