Lovejoy passes pouring permit ordinance

Bartenders must obtain photo permit to serve alohol in Lovejoy

LOVEJOY — City officials approved an ordinance this week that would require barkeeps in Lovejoy to maintain “pouring permits.”

The ordinance, No. 2013-06 in Lovejoy’s Code of Ordinances, requires all employees involved in either the dispensing, serving or sale of alcoholic beverages to obtain a photo permit through the city police department.

Employees are subject to the provision within 14 days of work in an establishment holding a license to sell alcoholic beverages.

Officials said the permits would allow employees to transfer jobs within the city and maintain their credentials until the permit expires.

The permits, which will cost $25 for processing, will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. Permit applicants must also pay for background checks required in the application process.

The permits also must be on hand and available for inspection by law enforcement and code enforcement at any time — one of half a dozen provisions outlined in the ordinance.

For example, an application can be rejected for those who have had felony convictions within the past five years. The process would be postponed for applicants with pending charges.

The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1.