New rules governing ever-popular farm venues were approved Thursday, Sept. 26, by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
Any such venue operating without a business license can be fined $500 a day. Changes in code otherwise streamline regulation of agri-entertainment venues, which are currently cited for separate violations such as noise or parking.
Under the proposed ordinance, the venue owner would receive a written warning and a fine of up to $250 for the first violation in a 12-month period. For the second violation, the fine could go up to $500. For the third violation, the fine could be up to $1,000, plus the venue owner loses his or her business license for two years.
“A violation or citation would not be issued until the (Hall County) Marshal’s Office has investigated,” said Sarah McQuade, interim planning director. “So, just because a neighbor reports there was a violation that occurred during a specific event, it doesn’t mean were going to automatically cite a business owner for that.”