City of Tacoma Tax & License 6B.70 Entertainment & Dancing –Alcohol Served The purpose of this license is to regulate the operation of entertainment and dancing for the protection of the public welfare, health, and safety of those that attend and patronize these establishments by: A. Requiring licenses for entertainment or dancing establishments where alcohol is served; B. Requiring reports to the Fire Marshal; C. Requiring reports to the Police Chief; and D. Requiring security personnel to be licensed when an entertainment or dancing establishment uses security personnel to provide crowd control; protect persons or property from harm or unlawful activity; deter, observe, or detect unlawful or unauthorized activity; or supervise entry and exit at the establishment. Before engaging in this business activity, you will need approval. The business activity of Entertainment and Dancing with Alcohol served requires review by other City departments including; Building and Land Use Permitting, Fire, Police and Zoning You need to submit your license application and fee and any required supplemental prior to engaging in business to the Tax & License office. The license will be routed to the appropriate City departments for review. Please allow up to 30 days for approval of your license. License Fee First Year Renewal Entertainment Establishment Class “A” $2400 $600 Entertainment Establishment Class “B” $450 $300 Entertainment Establishment Class “C” $180 $120 Security Personnel $50 $50 Forms required before operating: Certificate of Registration and Licensing Written Safety Plan – must be submitted every year with license renewal. Security Personnel: Each security personnel working at the establishment must consent to be fingerprinted for criminal background check, apply for Security Personnel license, and submit one current 2”x2” full-face photograph. For specific questions regarding other City requirements, call: For questions regarding your license application, the written safety plan, call Tax & License at 253-591-5252. Building and Land Use Permitting 253-591-5033 Fire Marshal 253-591-5740 Police 253-591-5668 Zoning 253-591-5577 Nightlife Best Practices Know your Noise Ordinances Commercial music-Sound levels associated with commercial music cannot be more than six decibels above background noise levels as measured within a dwelling. In addition, commercial music cannot be plainly audible from a distance of 100 feet or more from the property line of business Residents wishing to report a noise issue can call Tacoma CARES at (253) 591-5001; emergency situations should be reported to 911. Civil complaints will be investigated by Building and Land Use Services and criminal investigations will be performed by the Tacoma Police Department. For complete definitions and rules on Noise control, see Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter (TMC) 8.122. Know your Liquor Laws You will need a liquor license to operate; liquor licenses are issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) for more information contact the WSLCB at 360-664-1600 or visit their website at www.liq.wa.gov. Types of conducts prohibited on a liquor-licensed premise can be found at WAC 314-11-050. Know your Smoking Laws Washington State law (RCW 70.160) prohibits smoking in all workplaces including bars and restaurants. Smoking is not allowed inside public spaces, places of employment or outside within 25 feet of doors and windows. Businesses who allow smoking may be fined and face legal action. No smoking signs must be clearly posted at all establishments. For more information on this law, contact the Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department Miae Aramori for a resource kit at (253) 798-3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions concerning compliance, you may contact Renée Avelino at (253) 798-2831 or email@example.com. Employees Use your best judgment when hiring employees, perform background and reference checks. At a minimum, you can obtain a simple criminal conviction background check via the Washington State Patrol for a $10 fee. Request online at www.watch.wsp.wa.gov or contact the State Patrol at 360-534-2000. Event Promoters Make sure any event promoters hold a valid City of Tacoma Business license. To verify call Tax & License at 253-591-5252. Be sure to check promoter’s references. You may place your business at risk by turning it over to an unlicensed, inexperienced or unscrupulous promoter. Be sure to require a written, fully executed contract with your event promoter. Liability stays with you and your establishment including occupancy limits, contraband, weapons behavior, levels of intoxications, admission tax, finances and over limits.
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