ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW/AP) — Officials in Arlington will require the organizers of pub crawls to get a permit and pay for any county services the event uses.

The Arlington County Board voted unanimously Saturday to require the permits. Officials say they’ve seen a significant increase in pub crawls and the participants in them since the county adopted its special events policy in 2012.

“It is just common sense to manage pub crawls,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a statement. “For the most part, these events are both fun for the participants and profitable for local businesses, and that’s great. But they must be conducted safely, and in a way that respects the rights and privileges of affected residents and businesses.”

The county manager will develop the details for managing the pub crawls. The new policy will allow the county to assess fees and charge pub crawl event organizers for police, fire and emergency services.

County officials say staff gathered information through an online survey and meetings with stakeholders to develop its recommendations for amending the policy. About 1,130 people reportedly submitted comments to the online survey.


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