WILLISTON, ND- UPDATE (Feb. 15, 2019): Tuesday night the Williston City Commission approved changes to the liquor licensing ordinance.
Among those changes, the city took away the cap on available liquor licenses, which has some residents concerned that Williston will be flooded with liquor stores and bars.
We checked in with City of Williston Communications Strategist Andrea Duntz to see how many businesses have applied for a license since Wednesday. Duntz tells us the Auditor's Office has not created any new licenses and no applications have been turned in. Though, Duntz says one current license holder put in an application to transfer their license to a business that bought their establishment.
ORIGINAL STORY (Feb. 13, 2019): Williston business owners who are looking to get a liquor license, will be able to apply for one immediately when City Hall opens this morning.
The Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance was approved by all city commissioners after its final hearing at the City Hall meeting last night.
The final draft says that there is no longer a limit to the total number of licenses allowed by the city, opening the door for business owners who meet the requirements and pass the vetting process to obtain a liquor license.
The types of liquor licenses are now streamlined and there's also now a requirement for camera systems at liquor establishments.
A grant to the Upper Missouri District Health Unit to make sure every liquor establishment has the same ID scanner was also a part of the ordinance.