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Article - Alcoholic Beverages




§22–1602.

    (a)    This section does not apply to:

        (1)    a license in effect on July 1, 1975, or the issuance or transfer of a Class B (on–sale) beer, wine, and liquor license for use on any premises licensed on July 1, 1975;

        (2)    a license in effect on July 1, 1977;

        (3)    the renewal, transfer, or upgrading of a license, unless the license is transferred to a new location; and

        (4)    the issuance of:

            (i)    a 1–day license that is to be used on the premises of a place of worship or school;

            (ii)    a Class GC (golf course) license; and

            (iii)    a Class CCFA (continuing care facility) license.

    (b)    (1)    (i)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Board may not issue a license for an establishment that is within 300 feet of a place of worship.

            (ii)    The distance from the establishment to the place of worship is to be measured from the nearest point of the building of the establishment to the nearest point of the building of the place of worship.

        (2)    Paragraph (1) of this subsection does not apply to the issuance of:

            (i)    a 1–day license for use in a building;

            (ii)    a license issued to a hotel, motel, restaurant, club, or caterer in a municipality; and

            (iii)    a Class H beer, wine, and liquor license issued to a caterer for use in a banquet facility in an establishment if:

                1.    the construction of the establishment was completed after July 1, 1991; and

                2.    the establishment is used for emergency operations by a volunteer fire company.

    (c)    (1)    (i)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Board may not issue a license to a business establishment that is within 1,000 feet of a public or private school building.

            (ii)    The distance from the establishment to the public or private school is to be measured from the nearest point of the building of the establishment to the nearest point of the building of the school.

        (2)    The Board may issue a license to a business establishment in Harford County and in a municipality in Harford County if the business establishment is not located within 300 feet of a public or private school.

        (3)    A decision of the County Board of Education to locate a public school building within 1,000 feet of the premises of a license holder may not be the basis to revoke or deny the renewal, transfer, or upgrading of the license.

    (d)    (1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, the Board may waive the distance restrictions from a public or private school building and issue a Class B (on–sale) restaurant license or a Class B cafe license on a case–by–case basis.

        (2)    Before the Board decides whether to waive the distance restrictions from a public or private school building under paragraph (1) of this subsection:

            (i)    a public hearing shall be held by the governing body of:

                1.    if the restaurant is located in a municipality, the municipality where the restaurant is located; or

                2.    if the restaurant is located outside the boundaries of a municipality, the county where the restaurant is located;

            (ii)    the governing body shall make a recommendation to the Board regarding whether the distance restrictions should be waived; and

            (iii)    after receiving the recommendation, the Board shall hold a public hearing.

        (3)    In making a decision whether to waive the distance restrictions from a public or private school building, the Board shall take into consideration:

            (i)    the recommendation from the governing body;

            (ii)    comments received from parents whose children attend the public or private school; and

            (iii)    comments made at the public hearing held by the Board.