As of July 1, 2013, City Council put in place an ordinance relating to the operations of “Late Night Entertainment
Establishments.” These are defined as businesses that
Are licensed to allow on-premise consumption of beer, wine, or alcohol
Are not located within a building that also provides accommodations uses
Are open to the public after midnight
Hold a Class 7(a) business license or a Class 7(b) business license during their first year of business operations
Late Night Establishment Permit
If your existing business meets the above criteria or you are planning to start a new business that meets the above criteria, you will need to complete and submit a Late Night Establishments Permit Application. The application asks for information relating to your business operations, security measures, noise abatement, waste management, fire safety and emergency action plan, all of which must be generated, submitted, and approved before a Late Night Establishments permit is to be issued.
New establishments will be required to complete the process prior to obtaining a business license and beginning operations. Therefore, plan ahead and submit your application at least 30 days in advance of your planned opening!
Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by the Late Night Establishments committee, which consists of staff from various City departments. The committee will contact the applicant within 14 days of submittal to either approve a permit or request additional information.
Questions pertaining to the Late Night Entertainment Establishments application should be directed to Lieutenant Heath King with the Charleston Police Department by calling 843-720-3924. For questions regarding this permitting process or other related City permitting processes, please contact Jordan Lanier, Development and Construction Services Manager, by calling 843-973-7257.
The following other documents and websites that may assist you in completing the Late Night Establishments permit application: