Proposed Code Amendment for Alcoholic Beverage Control

Proposed Code Amendment for Alcoholic Beverage Control

In the November 2019 election, the citizens of Bloomington voted to remove a section of the City Charter that regulated intoxicating liquor in the City. After the election, City code and State law now regulates alcohol in the City.

What steps did the City Council and City take after the election?

At a January study session, the City Council provided direction to City staff to prepare the following amendments to the City code that are consistent with State law.

  • Taprooms: Licensing requirements for on-sale and off-sale of beer manufactured by a State licensed brewery.
  • Cocktail Rooms: Licensing requirements for on-sale and off-sale of distilled liquor by a microdistillery.
  • Special Event Liquor: Adding small brewer and microdistillery to the list of who may apply for a special event liquor license.
  • Zoning Requirements: Identifying additional locations in the City of Bloomington where Tap Rooms and Cocktail Rooms could be located.

What additional direction did the City Council provide to City staff?

Food/Liquor Ratio: When an on-sale license holder renews its license, it must submit a report showing that 30% or more of its total sales were from food and non-alcoholic beverages. The City Council asked staff to research how other cities approach food ratios and to explore removing this requirement.

Buffer requirements: The current code requires off-sale liquor establishments to be located at least 300 feet from schools and places of worship. City Council directed staff to research what other cities’ buffer requirements are and to make a recommendation to City Council.

Simplify Chapter 13 – Alcohol Beverage Control:  The City Council provided direction to City staff to eliminate duplication between the various sections of the code, make the code easier to read, and modernize the code so it can easily to stay consistent with State law.

How are City staff simplifying Chapter 13?

City staff have rewritten the alcoholic beverage control City code. Staff have reorganized the code, eliminated duplication, created consistency between the different types of licenses, and simplified the language of the code.

Residents and business owners can review the proposed code amendments below.

Will residents, business owners, and license holders have the opportunity to provide comments or feedback on the proposed code?

Yes, staff are hosting an administrative meeting at 9:30 a.m. on February 5, 2020, for anyone that may have more questions, comments, or suggestions for staff.  The meeting will be held in the Haeg conference room, located on the second floor of Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota.

People may also submit written comments or feedback by sending an email to Doug Junker, Deputy City Clerk at You may also call Doug Junker at 952.563.4923.

What happens after that?

Staff will present its research findings, comments from the February 5, 2020 administrative hearing, and the ordinances amending chapters 13 and 14 of the City code to the City Council at the February 24, 2020 regular meeting.  See proposed ordinances attached below.

Any related zoning code amendments are scheduled to be heard by the City’s Planning Commission on March 5, 2020, and to be heard by the City Council on April 6, 2020.

PDF icon Proposed Ordinance_Chapter 13_Alcoholic Beverage Control.pdf

PDF icon Proposed Ordinance_Chapter 14_Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Fees.pdf