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File #: 19-732    Version: Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 11/21/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/11/2020 Final action: 2/11/2020
Title: Ordinance No. 20-10 amending Article 5 (Alcohol Beverages) of Chapter 2 (Business Licensing, Liquor Regulation and Taxation) of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs 2001, as amended, pertaining to Liquor Code. Presenter: Sarah B. Johnson, City Clerk Lee McRae, License Enforcement Officer, City Clerk Office
Sponsors: Lee McRae
Attachments: 1. Clerk-LiquorCodeORD-2019-11-02.pdf, 2. Signed Ordinance 20-10.pdf

Title
Ordinance No. 20-10 amending Article 5 (Alcohol Beverages) of Chapter 2 (Business Licensing, Liquor Regulation and Taxation) of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs 2001, as amended, pertaining to Liquor Code.

Presenter:
Sarah B. Johnson, City Clerk
Lee McRae, License Enforcement Officer, City Clerk Office

Body
Summary:
Revisions to the City's Liquor Code to align with recent State Liquor Code re-codification and amendments, to include amending multiple definitions, amendments to reflect elimination of 3.2% Beer, repealing the City's Tastings Server Permit requirement, and moving process and procedure rulemaking to an administrative function.

Background:
Colorado Senate Bill 18-243 made significant changes to the State Liquor Code to include, among other items, eliminating the maximum alcohol content for (3.2%) Beer, harmonizing all Fermented Malt Beverage regulations, and expanding the provisions for authorized tastings by wholesalers and manufacturers. Colorado House Bill 18-1025 re-codified the State Liquor Codes to a new Title 10, Articles 3, 4, and 5. These statutory and subsequent rule changes at the State level created the need for amending the City Liquor Code for elimination of redundancies, amending statutory references, and aligning the City's tastings requirements with the State. As a part of the alignment with the State tastings requirements, the proposed ordinance eliminates the City's requirement for a separate Tastings Server Permit for each individual engaged in the tastings. These amendments also propose changing the process and procedures rulemaking authority for the "Liquor and Beer Rules and Regulations for the City of Colorado Springs" from Council Resolution to an administrative function with public comment period, to align with and similar to the existing process for Liquor Promotional Associations, MMJ, and General Business licensing.

Previous Council Action:
City Council last approved amendments to the C...

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