To receive a decision before March 1, 2013, request forms must be submitted on or before Dec. 31, 2012. Without approval, businesses must comply with the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance starting March 1, 2013. The City has 60 days to render a decision.
A hardship approval remains in effect for 6 months. After 6 months, the Business Establishment must comply with the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (Chapter 15-6 – Article 7). Personal preferences, financial circumstances, inconvenience, or aesthetic considerations do not qualify as hardships.
An affected business may be approved to use alternative compliance methods for up to 3 years, subject to an annual renewal request and re-evaluation. Alternative Compliance Bags must be certified by a manufacturer or a third party with 100+ reuses carrying 16 pounds.
An affected business may be approved to use Emergency Access for up to 3 years, subject to an annual renewal request and re-evaluation. The business must demonstrate that single-use bags are not a large percentage of transactions and that alternative compliance causes an undue hardship.