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5.16.050. Private clubs

            (1)        Before any private club may sell or allow the consumption of beer or liquor on its premises it shall first obtain a license from Layton City.  Layton City Council may issue a private club beer or liquor license to social clubs, recreational, athletic, or kindred associations, incorporated under the Utah Nonprofit Corporation and Cooperative Association Act, which desire to maintain premises upon which beer or alcoholic beverages may be stored, sold, served, and consumed.  All such licenses shall be issued in the name of an officer or director of the club or association.

            (2)        The location of these licensees shall be limited to two (2) licensed private clubs or two (2) licensed beer retailer on-premises establishments, or a combination thereof not to exceed two (2), within each designated commercial super block.  No new private club licensee shall be located closer than six hundred feet (600') to an existing private club or beer retailer on-premises licensee, except for private clubs located in hotels as provided in Section 5.16.050(3).  The six hundred feet (600') shall be measured from the nearest building entrance of the private club by following the shortest route of ordinary pedestrian public thoroughfares to the nearest building entrance of an existing private club.

            (3)        A hotel operating in the second commercial superblock may be allowed to operate one (1) on-premise licensed private club, even if there are two (2) licensees already operating in the superblock, subject to all the applicable local, state, and federal alcohol related regulations, if they meet the following criteria:

                        (a)        The hotel must be licensed, regulated, and operating as a hotel according to the Layton Municipal Code.

                        (b)        The hotel must be in the second commercial superblock, which superblock is defined in the Layton Municipal Code Section 5.16.015.

                        (c)        The hotel must have at least seventy-five (75) guest rooms.

                        (d)        No hotel private club licensee shall be located closer than three hundred feet (300') to another existing hotel on-premise private club.  The three hundred feet (300') shall be measured from the nearest building entrance of the hotel on-premise private club by following the shortest route of ordinary pedestrian public thoroughfares to the nearest building entrance of an existing hotel on-premise private club.

                        (e)        The license may only be issued to a hotel operator for one specific hotel site and is non-transferable to any other hotel or site.

            (4)        A private club licensee premises may not be established within six hundred feet (600') of any public or private school, church, public library, public playground, school playground, or park, measured from the nearest entrance of the private club by following the shortest route of either ordinary pedestrian traffic, or where applicable, vehicular travel, along public thoroughfares, whichever is the closer to the boundary of the public or private school, church, public library, public playground, school playground, or park.

            A private club licensee premises may not be established within two hundred feet (200') of any public or private school, church, public library, public playground, school playground, or park, measured in a straight line from the nearest entrance of the proposed outlet to the nearest property boundary of the public or private school, church, public library, public playground, school playground, or park.

            (5)        The restrictions contained in paragraph (4) of this Section govern unless the Council finds, after a full investigation by the code enforcement officer, that compliance with the distance requirements would result in peculiar and exceptional practical difficulties or exceptional and undue hard-ships in the granting of a private club license.  Additional circumstances may be considered and include topography, existing permanent physical barriers, sight distance, land-use issues, compatibility, travel distance, etc.  In that event, the Council may, after giving full consideration to all of the attending circumstances, following a public hearing, authorize a variance from the distance requirements to relieve the difficulties or hardships if the variance may be granted without substantially impairing the intent and purpose of this Chapter.  If such a variance is granted the Council may impose additional restrictions upon a licensee to ensure the purpose of the intended restrictions.

            (6)        If a liquor license is obtained, an on-premises beer retailer license will not be required.

            (7)        A beer consumption only club will be required to obtain an on-premises beer retailer license.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 97-10, Amended, 4/3/1997
Ord. No. 97-18, Amended, 4/17/1997
Ord. No. 10-22, Amended, 10/21/2010

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