Crossville, TN asked in Business Law and Municipal Law for Tennessee

Q: We want to sell beer in our family's corner store. Back in 2000 my father tried to get a permit to sell beer and a local

Church objected, so his permit was denied. Are we still at risk of that happening today if we reapply? The church is not adjacent to the store and is not touching the property line. It's roughly a quarter mile away.

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Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng
  • Columbia, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Probably- most cities have local ordinances which specify that any business selling alcohol have to be located various distances from churches or schools. ( The distance can vary- depending on whether the sale is for consumption on the premises or for "take out" - it can also vary for beer/ wine or liquor.) If the church was too close back in 2000, it's probably still too close- but the ordinance could have changed , or maybe, the church leadership has also changed , and the new leaders are not as strict. Ask the permit to spell out the local requirements before you pay any application fee.

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