NATCHEZ BEER LAWS
a) Except as otherwise provided in this article, the sale of light alcoholic beverages as a single sale, whether by can, bottle or other container, of any quantity, by any person authorized to sell light alcoholic beverages shall be strictly prohibited if the business establishment is located and situated is a distance of less than 200 feet from real property on which there is located a school grounds.
b) The minimum distance set forth in this section shall be measured from the nearest point of the premises of the school grounds to the nearest point of the building wherein in the light alcoholic beverage is to be sold.
c) This prohibition shall specifically include, but not be limited to, any business establishment classified as a tavern, service station, convenience store or supermarket as defined in this article. The prohibition as set forth in this section shall only be applicable between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week when such school is in session.
d) This prohibition, however, shall not be applicable as to any business classified as a restaurant, club, banquet hall or establishment on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sec. 6-65-Where can a business locate, when they sale beer for consumption on the premises?
Sales by persons for on-premises consumption of light alcoholic beverages shall only be allowed to businesses located in the following use districts as defined by the city zoning ordinances:
1) B-1 neighborhood business district (Must be located in restaurant as defined Sec. 6-61.)
2) B-2 general business district
3) B-3 central business district
4) I-1 industrial district
5) W-D waterfront development district
It shall be unlawful, however, for any person to consume light alcoholic beverages on the premises of any service station, convenience store or supermarket at any time in the city.
Section 6-66- Where can a business locate, when they sale beer for consumption off the premises?
Sales by persons for off-premises consumption of light alcoholic beverages shall only be allowed to businesses located in the following use districts as defined by the city zoning ordinances:
1) B-1 neighborhood business district
2) B-2 general business district
3) B-3 central business district
4) O-L open land
Notwithstanding the allowance of such sales by businesses within the rolex replica aforesaid districts, the requirements of all other city ordinances must be met, including the distance, time and school restrictions as set forth in section 6-64, as well as the prohibition against any on-premises consumption at service station, convenience store or supermarkets as set forth in section 6-65.
Section 6-67- What rights do I have in inspection of the business?
It shall be unlawful for any person selling light alcoholic beverages to refuse any authorized employee of the city the right to completely inspect the entire licensed premises at any time during which the premises are open for the transaction of business.
Section 6-69- What are the penalties?
(a) Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not to exceed $100.00. Each day’s continuance of a violation shall be considered a separate offense and punishable as such. The owner of any building or premises, or part thereof, where anything in violation of this article shall take place or shall exist, and any person who may have knowingly assisted in the commission of any such violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and likewise shall be punished as provided by this article.
(b) In addition to any other penalties provided in this section or by other applicable ordinances, state or federal law, any person convicted of violation of any of the provisions set forth in MCA 1972, 67-3-53 shall automatically have revoked any special use permit issued under related ordinances of the city.
Section 6-29- Possession or consumption on streets and sidewalks, prohibited generally; exceptions; permits; liability requirements; bonds
(a) It shall be unlawful for one person or several people to possess open containers of alcoholic beverages or to consume such alcoholic beverages on any public street or sidewalk unless it is during a city sponsored event or such other event that has been sponsored with permission of the city, e.g. the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. Permission of the city shall be obtained in writing from the chief of police on forms provided by such office. However, any party aggrieved with the decision of the chief of police may appeal to the mayor and board of aldermen within ten days of the denial.
(b) However, the restrictions set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall not be applicable to those specific locations within the city-owned recreational area commonly known as Duncan Park, which district is set forth and depicted on tax maps 45-107, 45-108, 45-109 of the city and county tax maps by Conley, Kight and Eckford, 1985. Such exempted locations are as follows:
(1) Duncan Park Golf Course and Golf Pro Shop grounds, and
(2) The Duncan Park Tennis Shop and Tennis Court area
The restrictions set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall be applicable to all other areas in Duncan Park including, but not limited to, all youth league baseball fields, tennis courts, the swimming pool, picnic area and playground.
(c) Request for permits will be submitted on prescribed application forms to the chief of police 30 days prior to the scheduled event date. Sponsors will be required to have event liability insurance coverage or some other bond or surety in an amount acceptable to the city attorney.
(d) The event exception to this section will expire 30 minutes after the conclusion of the event. Separate activities of each permitted event will be specified in the application, and the exception will expire 30 minutes after the conclusion of the stated activity.
(e) The event exception applies to event premises or an event activity, or if the event is a parade, the exception applies to nondriving participants, the parade route and area encompassed by the route
However, nothing in this section shall prohibit the establishment of sidewalk cages or service in commercially zoned areas in the city if the owner of such establishment has first obtained from the city a permit to operate as a sidewalk café, has paid the appropriate fee of $100.00, and has on file with the city a bond in an amount of not less than $25, 000.00 to hold harmless and indemnify the city with regard to any liability which may be incurred on the sidewalk premises, and further, to post a $500.00 bond to insure compliance with any and all regulations enacted or to be enacted by the city with regard to the establishment and operation of such premises as a sidewalk café including, but not limited to the antilitter ordinance of the city. Such exception is allowed only with food orders and during business hours.
These ordinances were compiled from the Natchez City Clerk office, which is located in the Natchez City Hall. All the information was compiled in August 2000. This information is not meant to be legal representation, and Southwest Distributors does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.