SYRACUSE -- The sale of alcohol must make up less than half of the total sales for applicants for beer licenses in this city.
The city council recently approved a rewrite of Title 6 of the city code, which deals with business license applications. A vote to approve the ordinance was unanimous.
One major change in the ordinance is the percentage of sales that an on-premise beer retailer or restaurant or an off-premise beer retailer may have.
The new standard changes the percentage of total sales from 50 percent to 40 percent.
In revising the ordinance, city officials checked with several neighboring communities to see what their guidelines call for, and most of them set the 40 percent standard, said City Recorder Cassie Brown.
The revised ordinance also includes a new requirement that all applicants for a business license must complete all of the required city processes within six months of the original application, or start the process anew and pay all required fees again.
It also changes the title for the person receiving the application at the city level.
The old guideline said the applications were to be filed with the city license administrator; that has been changed to the community development director.