§ 13.13  APPLICATION FEES.
   Each license application fee shall be set forth in § 14.03. All investigation fees shall be to cover the costs of verifying the license application and the expense of any investigation needed to ensure compliance with this code. All fees shall be paid to the for deposit into the General Fund of the city.
   (a)   For an license issued under § 13.03(a):
      (1)    and licenses will be pro-rated to June 30. Where a new application is filed as a result of incorporation by an existing license holder and the ownership, control, and in the license remains unchanged, no additional license fee will be assessed. For license applications, the applicant shall pay one-half of the fee before the application is accepted and the remaining balance shall be paid on or before December 15 of the calendar year during which the license was issued.
      (2)   The fee for an license and an special event license shall be paid in full before the application for a license is accepted.
      (3)   Investigation fee.
         A.   An applicant for any license shall deposit with the $500.
         B.   If the investigation and verification process is conducted solely within the state, the fee shall be $500. If the investigation and verification process is conducted outside the state, the may recover the actual investigation costs not to exceed $10,000. Any fees due in excess of the $500 deposit must be paid to the prior to the public hearing.
         C.   At any time that an additional investigation is necessary because of a change in the control of a corporation, the license holder shall pay an additional nonrefundable investigation fee of $100.
         D.   An license, an special event license, and a Sunday liquor license applicant does not need to deposit $500 with the .
   (b)   For a license issued under § 13.03(b):
      (1)   The license fee will be pro-rated to June 30.
      (2)   Investigation fee.
         A.   The applicant for a license shall deposit with the a $500 investigation fee.
         B.   If the investigation is conducted solely within the state, the fee shall be $150, and the remainder of the deposit shall be returned to the applicant prior to the license hearing. If the investigation is conducted outside the state, the city may recover from the applicant the actual investigation costs, not to exceed $5,000. In such cases, however, the city shall notify the applicant in advance if the investigation fee is anticipated to exceed $500. Any fees due in excess of the $500 deposit must be paid prior to the public hearing.
         C.   At any time that an additional investigation is necessary because of a change in the control of a corporation, the license holder shall pay an additional nonrefundable investigation fee of $100.
   (c)   For a license issued under § 13.03(c), the fee will be pro-rated to December 31.
   (d)   For an special event caterer's license issued pursuant to M.S. § 340A.404, as amended:
      (1)   If the event includes entertainment for which paid admission is required, a deposit or other acceptable security in an amount equal to 50% of the estimated amount of the admission tax payable to the city pursuant to § 4.03, based upon maximum occupancy over the duration of the entire event prior to the license’s issuance, held until the conclusion of the event and thereafter applied towards the amount of admission tax owed to the city; and
      (2)   A deposit or other acceptable security in an amount equal to 50% of the estimated liquor tax payable to the city pursuant to § 4.14, based upon maximum occupancy over the duration of the entire event prior to the license’s issuance, held until the conclusion of the event and thereafter applied towards the amount of liquor tax owed the city.
   (e)   For all licenses:
      (1)   Refunds. The may refund a monthly pro-rata share of an annual license fee to the license holder if:
         A.   The business ceases to operate because of destruction or damage;
         B.   The license holder dies and the business ceases to operate;
         C.   The business ceases to be lawful for a reason other than a license revocation;
         D.   The termination of a month-to-month tenancy or tenancy at will through no fault or neglect of the license holder or termination of a longer term lease according to the terms of such lease;
         E.   The physical or adjudicated mental incapacity that renders the license holder incapable of operating the business, provided that the cause of such incapacity occurred or commenced after the issuance of the license;
         F.   The business is sold and a new license holder qualifies to operate the business on the same location during the remainder of the original license period; or
         G.   The license holder ceases to carry on the licensed business under the license.
(Ord. 2020-2, passed 2-24-2020; Ord. 2020-21, passed 6-1-2020)