In most cases, the governing body must approve a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow your business to operate with the sale of alcoholic beverages. The process of obtaining an approved CUP is typically determined at a public hearing, in which the public can attend and voice their concerns or support of the business at the hearing.
Although the process seems relatively straightforward, there are many other behind-the-scenes matters that occur prior to the public hearing. There is always preliminary research involved to determine the concentration of other alcohol license and their type of business operation in the area, crime statistics, history of the area and much more detailed research that is assembled to assist with the hearing.
There are other types of hearings and meetings that often occur prior to the public hearing with the governing body. A local neighborhood council may want to discuss the business operation (often pertaining to alcohol sales) and how it would benefit or negatively affect the community. Local law enforcement may want to meet at the property and/or discuss operating conditions by phone. Other meetings may be required with city council members, field deputies and/or county district offices.
Through our vast experience of CUP cases of many types, our office can effectively:
- Conduct preliminary research for the project
- Prepare, file and expedite your application with city planning departments
- Create a strategy to justify your business plan
- Draft material to present before and after the public hearing
- Represent your business at all meetings and hearings