FREMONT, CA-A controversial ordinance forcing late-night businesses here to close early or pay an additional fee will likely be approved tonight by the city council.

The revised zoning ordinance would force late-night businesses to shut their doors before midnight or pay between $600 and $1,800 annually for extended-hour operating permits that would require planning commission approval. Operating permits can now be had over-the-counter for $30.

The changes won’t affect current businesses “grandfathered” in under existing zoning rules as long as their nature, size and location remain the same, thereby restricting the expansion of existing businesses. The ordinance stems from disturbances at a dance club in Centerville that shut down after a 1997 shooting and a June 1998 fight..

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