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A conditional use permit is required to sell alcohol. A conditional use permit is conditioned to mitigate any adverse impacts associated with alcohol related uses. Conditions of approval include time limits on the permit approval and hours of operation, in addition to other applicable conditions. A conditional use permit is a discretionary permit and requires specific findings to be made. The Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission are the final decision makers, and can deny an application if appropriate findings cannot be made to support the requested use permit.
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All alcohol related uses require a conditional use permit prior to selling alcohol. Depending on the type of ABC license that you are requesting, an Administrative Use Permit (approved by the Zoning Administrator) or a Special Use Permit (approved by the Planning Commission) will be required. Please contact the Planning Division for additional guidance.
An applicant must submit an Administrative or Special Use Permit application along with the submittal requirements for alcohol-related uses. You can find the Administrative/Special Use Permit application here and Alcohol Submittal Requirements here.
Yes, a change in mode or character of operation of a regulatory license, including a change in ownership, requires a new conditional use permit.
Yes, a change in mode or character of operation of a regulatory license, including a change in type, requires a new conditional use permit.
No, the City of Watsonville’s conditional use permit process is separate from obtaining a license from ABC. A conditional use permit is required from the City of Watsonville prior to issuance of the ABC License.
Yes, in accordance with WMC Chapter 14-25, a conditional use permit expires after 20 years. At that time, an applicant must reapply for a new conditional use permit.
Yes, the City requires a minimum distance between certain ABC License types. You can find information regarding separation requirements in the City’s Alcohol Ordinance. If you have additional questions, contact the Planning Division for assistance.