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Serving Alcohol at Permitted Locations

The City of Newnan governs the serving of alcohol at Permitted Locations by issuance of an Alcoholic Beverage License for Permitted Locations.  The application for the license and/or questions concerning Permitted Locations should be addressed to the City's Licensing Specialist.  The section of the City of Newnan Code of Ordinances governing Permitted Locations is included below for your reference.


Sec. 3-20. - Permitted location for special events at which alcoholic beverages are served.

(a)  No alcoholic beverages shall be sold, dispensed, distributed, poured or served at any location, premises, or building in the city except as set out in this chapter unless otherwise provided for under this chapter;

(b)  The owner or lessee of a location at which alcoholic beverages are to be furnished and served at a private function or special event by a person at a location not otherwise required to be licensed pursuant to this chapter shall first obtain a qualifying location permit designating such location as a "permitted location." Such qualifying location permit shall be good for the calendar year in which it is issued and may be renewed annually as set forth in this chapter. Thereafter, the person organizing the private function or special event to be held at a permitted location must apply for and obtain a "special event permit" as set forth in section 3-21 of this chapter. The cost of such permits shall be as set forth in section 3-31 of this chapter. The requirements of sections 3-32 and 3-33 herein shall be met by an applicant for a permitted location license.

(c)  To qualify as a "permitted location," the location, premises or building shall not be located nearer to an alcoholic treatment center and therefore be considered to be a "prohibited location" as set out in section 3-39 herein, or shall not fail to meet all requirements of the building inspector, the fire marshal, the traffic engineer, and the planning and zoning coordinator for an on-premises pouring outlet as required by section 3-37(a) herein, and shall possess a permit as a "permitted location" pursuant to this chapter. The applicant for a qualifying location permit shall submit a plat of survey prepared by a state registered land surveyor showing the distances set forth in this chapter with the application for the qualifying location permit.

(d)  It shall be unlawful for any person to furnish and serve alcoholic beverages at a private function or special event at a permitted location unless food is also served at the private function or special event.

(e)  Alcoholic beverages furnished and served at a private function or special event may be consumed only on the premises; and may not be removed from the premises in an open container.

(f)  It shall be unlawful for any alcoholic beverages to be sold at a private function or special event i.e. "no cash bar" sales will be permitted unless the permitted location also holds an on premises consumption license for alcoholic beverages.

(g)  Locations, premises or buildings for which an on-premises consumption license has been issued pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed a "permitted location" under this section without further application; however, alcoholic beverages may not be sold or dispensed from the area or premises licensed for the sale and dispensing of alcoholic beverages on Sundays in violation of this chapter; provided, however, that if an on premises consumption licensee provides a separate room, not accessible to the regular public or customers of the licensed establishment, where the alcohol is purchased, furnished and served not by the on premises consumption licensee but by the person holding the private function or special event may qualify as a permitted location for the serving of alcoholic beverages in accordance with this section.

(h)  The "permitted location" licensee shall be responsible for any violation of this chapter which occurs at the "permitted location" whether by the licensee's employees or agents, a caterer or their employees or agents, or a lessee or invitee of the licensee, their lessee or invitees or any of their employees or agents.

(i)  The person holding the private function or special event, and not otherwise required to be licensed pursuant to this chapter must purchase and furnish the alcoholic beverages.

(j)  The serving without sale of alcoholic beverages at a special event at a permitted location for a special event not otherwised required to be licensed or licensed hereunder for the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises shall be only permitted during the times for sales of alcoholic beverages as set forth in section 3-11 of this chapter for premises licensed for consumption on the premises only.