An ordinance amending Chapter 3 of the Columbus Code by revising provision concerning location of off-premises establishments, including retail near college or university campuses; by revising provisions related to on-premises alcohol sales at certain locations, including Sunday on-premises sales; and for other purposes.



Section 3-1 of the Columbus Code is hereby amended by adding a new subsection (hh) to read as follows:

“(hh) Designated Beverage Concessionaire: A licensee selected by the management of a public stadiums, coliseums or auditoriums owned or controlled by the City or by a public authority having seating capacity in excess of 2,500 to provide alcohol sales at that location.”


Section 3-5(a) is hereby amended by adding a new second sentence to read as follows:

“An off-premises license to sell malt beverages and wines may be issued, despite distance restrictions contained in this Code section, if the licensed premises are greater than 100,000 square feet and a majority of the land within 200 feet of the licensed premises is zoned UPT, NC, GC, RO, LMI or HMI.”

Section 3-5(c) is hereby amended by striking the existing Section 3-5(c) and replacing it with a new Section 3-5(c) to read as follows:
"(c)It shall be unlawful to issue liquor and mixed drinks beverage licenses within 600 feet and to issue wine and malt beverage licenses within 300 feet of the grounds of any community teen center or any school or school playground, including church nursery schools, church day care centers and adjoining playgrounds; provided, however, where the applicant's business is a hotel or motel or a restaurant and the license applied for by such applicant for such business is for retail sale for consumption on the premises only, the prohibited distance for mixed drinks, wine or malt beverage licenses shall be 335 feet. For purposes of on-premises consumption licenses for beer, wine or mixed drinks, the term "school" does not extend to educational levels above the 12th grade.

In accordance with state law, O.C.G.A. 3-3-21, there shall be no prohibited distance between a college campus and a premises licensed as a “grocery store” for the off premises sale of wine or malt beverages. A “grocery store” is defined as a retail establishment which has at least 85 percent of its retail floor space reserved for the sale of food and other nonalcoholic items and makes all its alcohol sales inside the building containing its retail floor space."

Section 3-8(b) is hereby deleted in its entirety and a new Section 3-8(b) is substituted to read as follows:

“(b) The Director of Finance shall issue licenses upon payment of the proper license fee by a qualified applicant, but in no event will the Director of Finance issue a license more than 12 months after the date of the approval of a new application, or, if the licensed premises will exceed 100,000 square feet, more than 24 months after the date of the approval of a new application. The Director of Finance shall not issue a license more than three months after the date of the approval of a transfer application.”


Section 3-17 of the Columbus Code is hereby amended by renumbering 3-17 Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages in bowling centers as Section 3-17.1, and adding a new code Section 13-17.2 to read as follows:

“3-17.2 Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages in public stadiums, coliseums and auditoriums with more than 2,500 seats.

The sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in any public stadium, coliseum or auditorium owned or controlled by the City or a public authority between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on Sundays is hereby authorized. The City may license a designated beverage concessionaire to provide such sales.”


All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 8th day of April, 2014, introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the ______ day of _______________, 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ________ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting____________.
Councilor Baker voting____________.
Councilor Barnes voting___________.
Councilor Davis voting____________.
Councilor Henderson voting________.
Councilor Huff voting_____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting_________.
Councilor Pugh voting_____________.
Councilor Thomas voting___________.
Councilor Woodson voting__________.

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