Chapter 435

Chapter 435

2003 -- H 5397

Enacted 08/06/03






     Introduced By: Representatives Moura, and Kilmartin

     Date Introduced: February 05, 2003




It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 3-7-16.6 of the General Laws in Chapter 3-7 entitled "Retail

Licenses" is hereby amended to read as follows:

     3-7-16.6. Class N nightclub license. -- (a) Notwithstanding any provision of this title to

the contrary, any town or city council, by ordinance, may authorize the licensing authorities

designated as having the right, power, and jurisdiction to issue licenses under this title pursuant to

section 3-5-15 to designate and issue a special class of Class N nightclub licenses within its


      (b) A Class N license, when so authorized, shall be required by each establishment

within the jurisdiction which:

      (1) Has as its primary source of revenue the sale of alcoholic beverages and/or cover


      (2) Holds a Class B or Class ED license;

      (3) Has a fire department occupancy permit of no less than two hundred (200) persons

and no greater than ten thousand (10,000) persons; and or

      (4) Any establishment with a fire department occupancy permit of less than two hundred

(200) persons that holds an entertainment license.

      (c) Any establishment with a Class N license which admits patrons under twenty-one

(21) years of age on the premises of the establishment when alcoholic beverages are being sold,

served, or permitted on the premises shall, during the time the patrons are permitted on the


      (1) Require one form of identification. The identification shall contain the bearer's

photograph, and must be one of the following: state driver's license, US military identification,

state issued identification card, or passport, from every person claiming to be twenty-one (21)

years of age or older;

      (2) Identify patrons over twenty-one (21) years of age with both an identifiable hand

stamp and a bracelet and shall require every patron to show both hand stamp and bracelet before

purchasing an alcoholic beverage;

      (3) Sell not more than one alcoholic beverage to an eligible patron in a single

transaction, and shall prohibit a patron from carrying more than one alcoholic beverage from a

bar or drink dispensing location;

      (4) Not permit any patron who leaves the premises to be readmitted prior to closing

without payment of the same admission or cover charge required of patrons entering the premises


      (d) The licensing authority of each town or city shall set the closing time for each

establishment holding a Class N nightclub license within its jurisdiction pursuant to section 3-7-

7(a)(1) and (a)(4), and notwithstanding other provisions of those subdivisions, an establishment

holding a Class N nightclub license which is permitted to remain open until two o'clock (2:00)

a.m., shall not admit patrons after one o'clock (1:00) a.m.

      (e) The licensing authority of each town or city will establish the cost and duration of all

Class N nightclub licenses issued by that authority.

      (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3-5-17, no licensing authority may issue a

Class N nightclub license unless the following notice requirements have been met:

      (1) Any establishment applying for a Class N nightclub license, or the renewal of that

license, or which is the subject of a hearing relating to its Class N nightclub license, must provide

the general public with notice of its application by posting a twenty-four (24) inch by thirty-six

(36) inch notice on its premises, in a manner clearly visible to the general public, at least thirty

(30) days prior to the hearing date before the licensing authority for the license, and at least thirty

(30) days prior to hearings related to the license on appeal to the director. If any hearing is

scheduled to occur in less than thirty (30) days, the applicant or Class N nightclub license holder

must post this notice within three (3) business days after its receipt of notification of that hearing

from the licensing authority or the director.

      (2) The notice shall contain the name of the applicant and a description by street and

number or other plain designation of the particular location for which the Class N nightclub

license is requested. The notice shall state that remonstrants are entitled to be heard at the hearing

on the Class N nightclub license, and shall provide the time and place of that hearing.

      (g) Any establishment that holds a Class N nightclub license must:

      (1) Comply with local ordinances governing noise levels;

      (2) Cooperate with law enforcement officials;

      (3) Provide private security for the safety of patrons both inside and outside the

establishment, which private security must be certified by TIPS or a similar agency approved by

the licensing authority;

      (4) Collect trash generated by the establishment every night that the establishment is

open in an area surrounding the premises that is reasonable and prudent, given the size of the

establishment; and

      (5) For any establishment which admits patrons under twenty-one (21) years of age on

the premises, provide a mandatory police detail of not less than two (2) police officers, on those

nights when patrons under twenty-one (21) years of age are admitted, and that detail shall

continue until at least one hour after closing.

      (h) The licensing authority of each town or city will develop requirements for police

details for the purposes of public safety and traffic control in and around the premise of each

establishment holding a Class N nightclub license.

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.