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Last Post 03/09/2017 01:21 PM by Cortney Hanson. 2 Replies.
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Melanie Ryska
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03/09/2017 12:44 PM
    In 2012 the MLCC changed their rules. Local approval is no longer required prior to the transfer of a liquor license, with the exception of quota licenses. The MLCC is only required to “consider the opinions” of locals in making their determination.

    This puts local communities at a disadvantage. Applicants wait to submit their request to the City until they are well into the application process with the MLCC, thereby avoiding a potential negative recommendation from the City.

    MLCC also requires that the licensee obtain all other required local licenses before using their liquor license. The question is, outside of a business license, do you require a “special” license for liquor sales within your community? If not, how do you handle those businesses that get their liquor licenses without local approval?

    Thank you,

    Melanie D. Ryska
    Deputy City Clerk
    mryska@sterling-heights.net

    Pamela (Pam) Smith
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    03/09/2017 12:53 PM
    We do require city council approval for the sales of liquor so they do need to still apply and get approval to use their license in FH. The new rules have caused issues here as well because notification is not consistent from the MLCC - we typically are notified of requests and then we contact the applicant notifying them of our requirements.

    Some issues have been with SDD and SDM - our local ordinances do not allow gas stations to sell alcohol but by the time we have been notified by MLCC - they have been granted a "conditional" license and are well under way in ordering and such to sell.

    Also, we had notification of a denial from the MLCC which was good, but the applicant appealed and won and was issued a license and we were never notified and when I contacted MLCC they told me flat out that we would not receive notification of an appeal???

    Cortney Hanson
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    03/09/2017 01:21 PM
    The City of Novi has a local ordinance that continues to require local approval. When businesses are in the planning phases, our Community Development Dept gives the heads up about our local requirements for liquor license. That helps tremendously because they can't claim they didn't know! Fortunately, we haven't had too many issues, other than business owners being upset at having another hoop to jump through...
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