Senator NILSA I. CRUZ-PEREZ
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Senator CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN
District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)
Senators Corrado, A.M.Bucco, Holzapfel and Gopal
Requires ABC to waive fee for alcoholic beverage COVID-19 Expansion Permit.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the issuance of temporary expansion permits by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control shall waive the fee for the COVID-19 Expansion Permit established pursuant to the provisions of Special Ruling No. 2020-10. A license or permit holder who paid the COVID-19 Expansion Permit fee prior to the effective date of this act shall be reimbursed the fee amount.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill requires the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to waive the fee for the COVID-19 Expansion Permit.
On June 3, 2020, the Acting Director of the ABC issued Special Ruling 2020-10, which created a COVID-19 Expansion of Premises Permit. This temporary expansion permit enables certain licensees and permittees with on-premises retail consumption privileges to expand their licensed premises into outdoor areas, either contiguous or non-contiguous to their permanently licensed premises. The special ruling also established a $75 fee for the permit and application process.
This bill waives the $75 fee for the COVID-19 Expansion of Premises Permit and requires the Director of ABC to reimburse licensees and permit holders who paid the fee prior to the bill’s enactment.