Development Liquor License - PA 501 of 2006 - District Liquor License
What - A District Liquor License is available within the Tax Increment Finance Authority, Principle Shopping District, and Corridor Improvement District. A District Liquor License is functionally the same as a Class C liquor license; however, it cannot be converted from one property to another. It must remain for use at the property it was originally issued.
Who - District Liquor Licenses are available to dining, entertainment, and recreation businesses. Applicants must allow seating for a minimum of 50 patrons and must be open at least 50 hours per week. Applicants must have spent at least $75,000 on personal and real property improvements on their location. The fee the State of Michigan charges for these Liquor Licenses is $20,000 and the applicant must demonstrate that no other licenses are available at an affordable price.
Why - The City of Lansing no longer has quota-based licenses available to establishments. The District Liquor Licenses allow for licenses to be issued to establishments located in specific districts in the City of Lansing. In order to encourage more night time dining establishments the Lansing EDC is taking applications for these licenses. The application can be found here. The local government will initially approve the liquor license which allows the applicant to apply directly to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for a District Liquor License.