More than 20 local alcohol bills became law in 2018.
Sunday sales can be permitted by resolution, ordinance, a majority vote of the governing body or referendum. These cities and counties received state legislative permission in 2018 to authorize Sunday sales by these methods:
- Resolution: Bridgeport and Fort Payne.
- Ordinance: Auburn for on-premise consumption only; Atmore; Cherokee; Clio after 1 p.m.; Louisville after 1 p.m.
- Vote of the governing body: unincorporated areas of Colbert County;
- Referendum: Chambers County after noon in the areas of the county outside of the cities of Valley and Lanett; Childersburg after 1 p.m.; Dale County; Jasper after noon; Ozark; Pike County outside of the city of Troy; Union Springs off-premise sales only after 1 p.m.
Two areas that already had Sunday sales moved up the time sales could begin to 10 a.m. Those were any city in Mobile County as well as the unincorporated areas of the county and the city of Birmingham.
Three areas this year added the possibility of draft beer sales for both on- and off-premises sales with a limit of 288 ounces per customer, per day for the off-premise sales.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS
Alcohol sales are now potentially allowed in four community development districts.
The city of Mentone can authorize seven-day-a-week, on- and off-premises alcohol sales if approved by the area’s voters.
Act No. 2018-433 allows Gorham’s Bluff Lodge in Pisgah, Lucy’s Branch Marina in western Limestone County and a property on Logan Martin Lake to have seven-day-a-week, on-premises alcohol sales.
The Dale County Commission has authority over any on-premise alcohol license outside the corporate limits of any city in that county.
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