CCA Guidelines for Live Entertainment Conditional Use Applications
1. Content of Application.
The application submitted to CCA for consideration should contain all information required by the Baltimore City Zoning Code for a live entertainment & dancing conditional use application to be submitted to the Board of Municipal Zoning & Appeals, including (among other things) a detailed description of the types of live entertainment to be offered and the maximum authorized occupant load for the premises specified by the fire department.
2. No Nightclubs.
The facility may not be used as a nightclub or to hold or offer promoted events. The proposed live entertainment and dancing must always be incidental and subordinate to the principal use of the premises for the sale of prepared foods & beverages for on-premises consumption.
3. Hours of Operation.
The business must close its doors at 2:00 AM with no extended hours of operation under any circumstances. Live entertainment should be limited to 4 nights per week; and, it should conclude by 11:00 PM Sunday through Thursday and by 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday to facilitate the removal of the entertainers and their equipment well before closing and the dispersal of customers from the area at closing.
4. Controlled Sound Levels.
The proposed live entertainment & dancing must be limited to the interior of the premises. All necessary sound-proofing measures must be taken to ensure that the sounds generated by the live entertainment & dancing are contained on the interior of the premises, including, but not limited to, low sound levels for microphones and amplified musical instruments and the closure of all doors and windows whenever there is live entertainment & dancing. If necessary, a specific maximum sound level, measured 30 feet from the premises, must be agreed upon.
5. Security Arrangements.
Appropriate security arrangements must be undertaken to ensure that customers are not allowed to congregate on the exterior of the premises during the hours of operation (except, if permitted, in the limited outside seating for seated patrons only, which will be closed by 11:00 PM) and are not permitted to linger & loiter in the area after closing.
6. Policing Area.
The applicant must undertake to regularly police the public areas in the vicinity of the premises of litter left by their customers.
7. No Flyers/Handbills.
The applicant must commit that it will at no time utilize flyers or handbills to advertise its business or any activities to be conducted on the subject premises. This commitment specifically includes an agreement by the applicant to comply in all respects with Article 19, § 1-2 of the Baltimore City Code (copy attached) and to not post any advertising material on light posts, trees or other structures on public property and to not post any advertising material on the CCA announcement board in O’Donnell Square without the prior approval of CCA.
8. Complaint Coordination & Response.
In order that any complaints about the operation of the business may be appropriately directed and efficiently coordinated, the applicant must provide CCA with (i) the phone number of the premises; (ii) the name and phone number of the manager or managers of the restaurant/tavern who will be on duty during the operation of the business; and (iii) the name, address, phone number and email address of the owner or owners. The applicant must undertake to keep this information up to date.
9. Neighbor Relations.
The applicant will be expected to assure CCA that it has notified its immediate neighbors (i.e. residences within a two block radius from the premises) of its live entertainment & dancing conditional use application and provided them with a copy of the application.
Article 19, Baltimore City Code
§ 1-2. Placement prohibited without permission.
A person may not affix, place, or cause to be affixed or placed any advertising circular:
(1) in or on any vehicle in the City, except with the express permission of the owner or operator of the vehicle; or
(2) in or on any residential property in the City (whether in or on a fence, railing, door, porch, lawn, sidewalk, or otherwise), except:
(i) with the express permission of the owner or occupant of that property; or
(ii) by placing the advertising circular into a door slot or a nonlockable bin consistent with federal law.
(City Code, 1976/83, art. 19, §1A(b).) (Ord. 87-890; Ord. 06-205; Ord. 07-507.)