A long process to change business licensing and special event permitting practices culminated on Sept. 25 at the regular Moab City Council meeting. The council unanimously approved an ordinance that revises sections of city code. The code, especially regarding alcohol and food trucks, was outdated following changes with the state law, officials said.
Major changes included in the ordinance are moving special event and street performer permitting into its own title in the code, changing food truck requirements to comport with state law, updating alcohol licensing, and strengthening requirements for nightly rental business licenses.
The State of Utah recently passed legislation restricting in-store advertising for grocery and convenience stores that sell beer, as well as requiring that stores place warning signs on alcoholic beverages. The state says the measures are meant to reduce customer confusion over flavored beers and ciders that are advertised similarly to non-alcoholic drinks. It also requires stores wishing to sell beer to acquire an “off-premise” license from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Council member Kalen Jones moved to approve the ordinance, which was seconded by Karen Guzman-Newton. The motion passed five votes to zero. During the meeting, the council also approved local consent for both Maverik locations in Moab to acquire the off-premise license. That approval was the last re-issuing of a license under the new laws that the city council will need to discuss moving forward. From now on, the city manager will deal with those applications.