LIQUOR; JUVENILES; FAMILIES (GENERAL);

LIQUOR;

Other States laws/regulations; Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


August 7, 2003

 

2003-R-0571

LIQUOR ESTABLISHMENTS AND MINIMUM DISTANCE REQUIREMENTS

By: Daniel Duffy, Principal Analyst

STATE

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STANDARD

Alabama

Ala. Code 1975 28-3-43

The state liquor board is prohibited from opening a state liquor store adjacent to schools or churches or in a neighborhood that is exclusively residential.

California

West’s Cal. Penal Code 172

It is a misdemeanor to sell liquor within: mile of a state prison, 1,900 feet of a Youth Authority institution, 1 mile of certain state universities, 1 mile of a veteran’s home. The distances must be measured by following the shortest highways.

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STANDARD

Colorado

C. R. S. A. 12-47-313

The state liquor agency is prohibited from approving an application for a location: within 500 feet of a public or parochial school or the principal campus of a college, university, or seminary. The prohibition does not affect renewals of establishments doing business before the school or campus was built. Distances must be computed by direct measurement from the nearest property line of the land used for the school to the nearest portion of the building in which liquor is to be sold using a route of direct pedestrian access. Local authorities may reduce or eliminate the minimum distance requirement.

Delaware

4 Del. C. 543

The state agency may refuse to allow liquor sales by a new establishment located in the vicinity of a church, school, or college.

Illinois

235 ILCS 5/6-11

The law prohibits the state agency from issuing a license for the retail sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a church, school (other than an institution of higher learning), hospital, home of the aged or indigent, veteran’s home, or a military or naval station. In the case of a church, the distance is measured to the nearest part of the building used for worship and not to its property line. The law does not apply to license renewals. It specifically allows churches and church schools to locate within 100 feet of a previously-established liquor selling business.

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STANDARD

Indiana

IC 7. 1-3-15. 5 & 15. 6

The law requires applicants for a new liquor permit to notify, among others: the principal, headmaster, or other administrator of each public, private, or parochial elementary or secondary school located within 1,000 feet from the applicant’s property line; each church; and each neighborhood association in the same area. The notice must state: the address of the proposed establishment, the type of permit being sought, and state that any objections may be voiced at the hearing. The notice must be delivered at least 15 days notice before the application hearing. If a license holder has had at least five written complaints filed against him alleging liquor law violations, he must, when renewing his license, send the same notice to the same parties.

Louisiana

LSA-R. S. 26: 81 & 26: 281

When prohibited by municipal ordinance, the law prohibits the state agency from issuing a permit for a premises located within 300 feet of a public playground, a building used for a church or synagogue, a public library, or school. The distance must be measured as a person walks from the nearest point of the proposed premises to the nearest point on the property line of the playground, church, synagogue, library, or school.

Minnesota

M. S. A. 340A. 412

The law prohibits the state agency from issuing a license (1) within 1,000 of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other institutions under the control of the human services or corrections commissioners; (2) within 1,500 of a state university, with certain exceptions; (3) within 1,500 of a public school that is not within a city.

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STANDARD

Mississippi

Miss. Code Ann. 67-1-51

The law prohibits the state agency from issuing a permit for a premises located within 400 feet of a church, school, kindergarten, or funeral home. The minimum may be reduced to 100 feet in areas zoned for commercial use. A church or funeral home may waive the distance restrictions by sending a written waiver to the state agency.

Ohio

O. R. C. 4303. 26

The law requires the state agency to give notice to the authorities operating a school, church, library, public playground, or town park whenever a permit to operate premises is being sought for a location within 500 feet of their property line. The notice must give the authorities the opportunity for a hearing on the advisability of issuing the permit.

Oklahoma

37 Okl. St. Ann. 163. 27

The law prohibits locating a business that has as its main purpose selling 3. 2 beer from being located within 300 feet of the property of a public or private school or church.

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