Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 4. Licensing Criteria

Denial Of Application -- Two-Year Moratorium

16-4-413. Denial of application -- two-year moratorium. (1) If an application for the issuance of a new license or for the transfer of an existing license has been denied for any reason provided in 16-4-405, the department may not consider an application or issue any retail license, special permit, or special license for those premises for 2 years unless the department, using the criteria described in subsection (3), determines that the proposed use is substantially different from the use that was rejected. The prohibition period commences on the date of the final agency decision or, if judicially reviewed, on the date the judicial decision is final.

(2) If an application is withdrawn after a hearing has been held in which testimony is received regarding any reason for denial provided in 16-4-405, the effect of the withdrawal is the same as if a final decision had been made denying the application for any reason provided in 16-4-405. The 2-year prohibition against considering an application or issuing a license for that vicinity commences on the date of the withdrawal.

(3) The department shall determine whether a proposed use is substantially different by considering:

(a) the capacity of the proposed use;

(b) the nature of the establishment;

(c) the presence and character of any entertainment; and

(d) the characteristics of the neighborhood.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 156, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 32, L. 2023.