The Charlotte City Council adopted text amendment 2013-090 on July 21, 2014, updating the definitions and regulations for nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges. The text amendment consolidated the names of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges into one name “Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Establishments”.
Two new definitions of Eating, Drinking, and Entertainment Establishments were created:
a. Type I-establishment where food and beverages (excluding alcohol) are served and indoor or outdoor entertainment are allowed.
b. Type II-establishment where food and beverages are served (including alcohol) and indoor or outdoor entertainment are allowed.
The amendment eliminated the separation requirements when all activities of the Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Establishment are totally enclosed within the building.
New separation distance requirements were established from a single family use (single family, duplex, triplex or quadraplex) or vacant lot when located in a single family zoning district when the use has an outdoor eating/activity area, where food and alcoholic beverages are consumed between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., and there is no outdoor entertainment.
The text amendment also created additional separation requirements based on zoning when the use has outdoor entertainment that occurs between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
A Certificate of Exemption process was created to minimize impacts on existing nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges that cannot meet the proposed separation standards from a residential use (single family, duplex, triplex or quadraplex) or a vacant lot when located in a single family zoning district. The process includes a notification process of property owners within the separation distance, a written comment period, and an appeals process.
The adopted text amendment can be found on the webpage by clicking here.
January 16, 2014 - Citizen Advisory Group
September 10, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 9
June - September 2013 - Community Outreach
May 30, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 8
May 9, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 7
March 5, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 6
February 19, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 6
January 24, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 5
December 1, 2011 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 4
October 20, 2011- Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 3
September 22, 2011 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 2
August 25, 2011
For more information regarding Restaurants-Nightclubs-Bars and Lounges, please contact:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 E. Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202