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Council reduces cost of liquor license, declares township ‘wet’

by Aryn Strickland

MAPLETON - Obtaining a liquor license just got a little bit easier for local businesses.

On April 2, Mapleton council passed a bylaw to sign all Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) municipal information applications as “wet” (approved to serve spirits, beer and wine) for all businesses that request it within the township.

“Anyone that wants to open up a restaurant and apply for a liquor license, we can sign off without going to council and then they just go to AGCO and do what they have to do with them and hopefully they get approved,” said CAO Manny Baron.

Previously, business owners applying for a liquor license had to individually ask the municipal clerk to confirm whether the area of their business is wet (permitting the sale of spirits, beer and wine), damp (beer and wine only) or dry.

Recently staff received a request from a business at 12 Wellington Street North in Drayton.

“We couldn’t find a bylaw that assigned our downtown core, our Drayton downtown core, wet, so what we had to do is we had to go get a bylaw approved to make it wet,” said Baron.

The request also prompted a look at the cost of liquor license inspections.

The cost of township inspections for a liquor license applicant used to be $235, with $100 going to the fire department, $85 to the building department and $50 to the clerk’s department.

The reduced fee, since passage of the bylaw, is $40.

“We thought that the fee was maybe a little bit too high for the inspections,” said Baron.

The liquor license changes highlight an effort to promote the township’s “open for business” approach.

“We are just trying to make it easy for people and take away some roadblocks, essentially,” Baron added.  

 

April 12, 2019

 
 

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