The mayor’s office is looking to extend a current six-month temporary moratorium on new nightclubs in downtown Orlando until March 20, 2024.
The ordinance currently restricts the acceptance, processing, and consideration of applications for development orders, development permits, building permits, and zoning approvals for nightclubs in the Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Agency area through September 20, 2023.
The moratorium was adopted in March 2023 along with an ordinance that requires businesses to apply for a special after-midnight permit if they want to serve alcohol into the wee hours.
City staff is requesting an extension on the moratorium to allow for more time to research further “appropriate regulations” for nightclubs in the downtown core, which could include further regulations on alcoholic beverage sales or formal changes to the city’s Land Development Code.
The extension will be voted on by the city council.