Currently, certain persons licensed to sell alcohol beverages (licensee) may apply for a permit to hold a festival. The act makes the following changes to the festival permitting process:
- Requires the licensee to file a permit application at least 30 calendar days before the festival, which increases the current requirement of at least 10 business days before the festival;
- Increases the fee for a permit from $25 annually to $50 per festival;
- Authorizes a licensee to jointly participate in up to 52 festivals held by other licensees; and
- Changes the window during which festivals are counted for the purpose of determining how many festivals a licensee holds or participates in from 12 months after the issuance of a permit to a calendar year.
APPROVED by Governor May 17, 2023
EFFECTIVE June 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)