A proposed ordinance would intensify the notification procedure when a business applies for a liquor license. The current notification procedure requires that the applicant mail (through certified mail) notifications to voters registered within 500 feet of the business. After notification, the procedure requires obtaining the consent of 51 percent of the same registered voters.

In the proposed rule, ordinance O2019-346, applicants would have to mail all residents – not voters – within 1,000 feet of the business (still through certified mail with return receipt requested). After notification, the rule would require obtaining the written consent of 51 percent of all residents within 1,000 feet of the business.

The list of the names and addresses of residents living within 1,000 feet of the applicant would have to be obtained from the United States Postal Service and presented as evidence to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). Additionally, the applicant would have to show to BACP every consenter's proof of residency, which "may be established by a photocopy or other reproduction of a document that establishes residence, such as a government issued identification".

By doubling the notification radius, the area of notification quadruples, and by changing the category of person being notified from voters to residents, the number of people notified is increased by a drastically higher and unknown factor.

Photo of certified mail by Tony Webster.