In a city-wide referendum in April, Sumiton residents voted overwhelmingly to allow alcohol sales.
Businesses in Sumiton can start applying for alcohol licenses on Monday, June 25, at 9 a.m. City Attorney Allison Landrum said she will be on hand to assist with any legal questions applicants may have.
Any business inside the city limits of Sumiton with a zoning of B-1 and B-2 is eligible to apply for an alcohol license.
A non-refundable application fee of $200 will be required for each application to cover the cost of processing and investigating the application.
Each application will consider a number of factors:
•The effects on residents, property owners and businesses within 500 feet of the applicant’s business.
•The character and reputation of the applicant and each member of the ownership and management.
•The criminal records of the applicant and each member of the ownership and management.
•The location of premises in regard to surrounding businesses and the number of existing alcohol licenses within 500 feet.
•The compliance of the applicant and each member of the ownership to the laws of the state and the ordinances of the city.
Once an application is received and the necessary investigations are complete, the city will publish a notice in the Daily Mountain Eagle stating that the application will be published at the next regular city council meeting.
This notification must be made at least six days prior to the meeting. Also, all businesses within 50 feet of the applicant will be notified of the public meeting regarding the application.
If the application is approved, an annual license fee will be charged to maintain an alcohol license. The amount of the license fee will be determined by the type of business.
Alcohol sales (for both on- and off-premises consumption) will be limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
There is a special exception allowing sales from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day) of each year.
The ordinance, which is based on one put in place by Cullman, covers the types of businesses allowed in the city, the rules for applications and the punishments outlined for those who don’t abide by the rules.
The city council will function as the alcohol committee for approving or denying the license applications and will consider each application and applicant individually.
The ordinance specifically bans strip clubs and sets out strict guidelines for clubs or bars.
Another portion of the ordinance that was of importance to the council was the use of signage to promote alcohol sales.
The restrictions on signs are rigorous. No outside signs of any type will be permitted, nor will signs be allowed in the windows or within three feet of the windows, where they might be visible from outside.
A copy of the full ordinance can be obtained for a fee from city hall.