(A)   (1)   A license shall be purely a personal privilege good for not to exceed one year after issuance, unless sooner revoked as provided in this chapter, and shall not constitute property, nor shall it be subject to attachment, garnishment or execution, nor shall it be available or transferable, voluntarily, or subject to being encumbered or hypothecated.
      (2)   Such license shall not descend by the laws of testate or intestate devolution, but it shall cease upon the death of the licensee; provided that, executors or administrators of the estate of any deceased licensee, and the trustee of any insolvent or bankrupt licensee, when such estate consists in part of alcoholic liquor, may continue the business of the sale of alcoholic liquor under order of the appropriate court, and may exercise the privileges of the deceased or insolvent or bankrupt licensee after the death of such decedent, or such insolvency or bankruptcy until the expiration of such license, but not longer than six months after the death, bankruptcy or insolvency of such licensee.
      (3)   A refund shall be made of that portion of the license fees paid for any period in which the licensee shall be prevented from operating under such license, in accordance with the provisions of this division (A).
   (B)   Any licensee may renew his or her license at the expiration thereof; provided, he or she is then qualified to receive a license and the premises for which such renewal license is sought are suitable for such purposes; and provided, further, that, the renewal privilege herein provided for shall not be construed as a vested right which shall in any case prevent the City Council from decreasing the number of licenses to be issued within his or her jurisdiction.
(Prior Code, § 4-12)  (Ord. 2013-26, passed 5-20-2013)