Knowledgebase-Retail Package Liquor Sales

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Title:Retail Package Liquor Sales
Summary:MTAS was asked about the enactment of an ordinance providing for retail package liquor sales as approved by a recent referendum.
Original Author:Darden, Ron
Product Create Date:05/30/2007
Last Reviewed on::07/11/2007
Subject:Alcoholic beverages--Municipal ordinances
Original Document: Retail Package Liquor Sales.pdf

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Text of Document: May 30, 2007

Ms. Joyce DiCapo
City of Lawrenceburg
233 West Gaines Street, NBU#2
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 38464

Re: Retail Package Liquor Sales

Dear Ms. DiCapo

During my visit today we discussed the enactment of an ordinance providing for retail package liquor sales as approved by the recent referendum. You all may want to add some additional provisions to the enacting ordinance before the final reading such as hours of sale and location of retail establishments and other provisions that we discussed.

Since the election results have been certified to the city, the next step is for the city to pass an enacting ordinance. It is my understanding that you all have passed such an ordinance on first reading.

After the effective date of the ordinance, which may be different from the actual date of enactment of the ordinance, the city has sixty (60) days to act upon applications submitted for a license. The city staff will need some time after the enactment of the ordinance to develop an application, identify investigation procedures and other operating procedures required for the issuance of a license. It is for these reasons that I recommend that the city set the effective date of the ordinance to be thirty (30) days following the enactment of the ordinance on final reading. I believe that the current ordinance sets the effective date as immediately upon enactment.

Please call me if you have questions or if I may be of further assistance.


Ron Darden
MTAS Municipal Management Consultant