Changing liquor license regulation in Bismarck?

The Bismarck City Commission is looking at streamlining the liquor license ordinance.

With over 20 on the books, and some not even in use, they want to make the code less complicated. However they’re running into issues with the two types of licenses that are regulated class D and E, which are regulated based on census data. Those licenses are for places like bars and liquor stores.

Current license owners are happy with the regulation because their licenses are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars on the private market. But for those without, they want less regulation and increased competition.

Plaza Beer Depot owner Susan Pudwill has a class D license for her business. Thirty-eight years after purchasing the store she’s happy with how the city regulates the licenses.

“I don’t think they should just be handing them out left and right,” Pudwill said.

She says the current system is working well and doesn’t want the city to have an unlimited number of licenses or change how they’re able to transfer, decreasing the value of her license.

Read more of this KFYR article by Megan Hoffman by clicking here.