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Roseville establishes entertainment ordinance

Only businesses in downtown, Old Town affected
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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In an effort to promote public safety in downtown and Old Town, the city of Roseville is asking businesses to become more self-policing.

Roseville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an entertainment ordinance during their Sept. 5 meeting, which requires businesses defined as entertainment establishments and people wanting to conduct a special entertainment event to first obtain a permit from the police department.

This only applies to businesses in the Downtown Specific Plan Area, which includes downtown, the Vernon Street area and Old Town.

This area is zoned as an entertainment district and has the city's highest concentration of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues, according to Police Lt. Maria Richardson.

The permit is not one-size-fits-all and will be tailored to suit particular businesses. Managers of two establishments in Old Town contacted by the Press Tribune hadn't heard of the ordinance and others weren't available to comment.

Entertainment permit holders don't also need a public dance permit. Venues outside the area still must obtain a dance permit.

"What (this ordinance) does is give the city another tool to ensure that our entertainment venues and our nightlife is safe for both our residents and our visitors," said Police Chief Daniel Hahn.

The permit for establishments cost $188 for two years, and for special events cost $94.

Under the ordinance, entertainment venues and special events must comply with certain operating hours, noise restrictions and other measures. Violations could result in a fine.

Measures include not operating between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., and abiding by the city's noise abatement ordinance. Businesses are also expected to not admit overly intoxicated patrons.

"Basically, we're asking business to do their best to keep an orderly establishment and to not allow extremely intoxicated or disorderly patrons in their business or within 20 feet of their business," Richardson said.

Businesses are asked to make a "reasonable effort" in promoting order and public safety. They must have security plans in place, an adequate number of licensed security personnel and establish policies and staff training on when to handle an issue on their own and when to call the police.

"We understand that business owners can't totally control the conduct of their patrons," Richardson said. "We're dealing with unpredictable human beings."

Additional permit requirements may be added - for instance, some businesses may need to implement a dress code to discourage gang activity or charge a cover fee to help control the size of crowds.

Vice Mayor Susan Rohan and Councilman John Allard were absent from the meeting.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.