Knowledgebase-Questions on Businesses Selling Liquor


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Title:Questions on Businesses Selling Liquor
Summary:MTAS was asked whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM.
Original Author:Darden, Don
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Product Create Date:04/14/2003
Last Reviewed on::06/20/2017
Subject:Alcoholic beverages--Laws and regulations; Businesses--Laws and regulations--Tennessee; Children and youth; Curfew
Type:General
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Text of Document: Monteagle asked MTAS to advise whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM. MTAS advised that the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission is authorized to extend the hours, and the city may by resolution opt out of the extension. There are no State statutes authorizing the city to constrict the times for selling alcoholic beverages.

A business that sells alcohol can stay open 24 hours per day but must abide by State statutes for times in which alcohol may be sold.

MTAS could find no authorization for requiring persons under 21 years of age to leave a business at 10:00 PM where liquor is sold. An 18 year old has the same rights as a 21 year old, except that he/she may not purchase alcoholic beverages.Don J. Darden

Municipal Management Consultant
1-615-532-2588 (or mobile--615-476-6943)
e-mail dardend@tennessee.edu
www.mtas.utk.edu