Downtown Arts & Entertainment District Details

Apr 26, 2018
Arts & Entertainment District

Downtown Event Packet

The Downtown Decatur Arts & Entertainment District encompasses approximately 90 acres from Bank Street to Second Avenue.

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Arts & Entertainment District Ordinance Sections

For Reference Only

Reference: Section 25-188, Arts and Entertainment District: Definitions

As used in this Article, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise the following terms shall mean:
  1. Alcoholic beverages shall mean any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented or other alcoholic beverage, or combination of liquors and mixed liquor, a part of which is spirituous, vinous, fermented or otherwise alcoholic, and all drinks or drinkable liquids, preparations or mixtures intended for beverage purposes, which contain one-half of one per cent or more of alcohol by volume, and shall include liquor, beer and wine, both fortified and table wine.
  2. Public place shall mean and include any place or gathering which the public generally attends or is admitted to, either by invitation, common consent or right, or by the payment of an admission or other charge, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall include any store or place where merchandise of any kind is offered for sale any theater or place of amusement, any athletic contest, city hall, library, school buildings, and auditoriums; provided, that such term shall not mean or include premises which have been duly licensed by the city for sale thereon of alcoholic beverages.

Reference:Section 25-189. Arts and Entertainment District: Regulations

The following regulations shall be in effect in the Arts and Entertainment District:
  1. One drink on-street limit:
    Any establishment, within the boundaries of the Arts and Entertainment District, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages by the drink for consumption on the premises is authorized to dispense an alcoholic beverage in a paper or plastic container, or other container other than a can, bottle, or glass, for removal from the premises; provided, however, that no establishment shall dispense to any person more than one such alcoholic beverage at a time for removal from the premises, and no person shall remove at one time more than one such alcoholic beverage from the licensed premises.
  2. Beverages outside premises:
    Patrons, guests or members of licensed premises may exit the licensed premises with one alcoholic beverage and consume with certain restrictions such alcoholic beverage anywhere within the confines of the Art and Entertainment District, but may not enter or re-enter a licensed premise or any public place with an alcoholic beverage acquired elsewhere.
  3. All applicable laws in effect:
    A licensee who is within the Arts and Entertainment District shall comply with all laws, rules and regulations which govern its license type.
  4. Size limited to 16 ounces:
    No container in which an alcoholic beverage is dispensed and removed from the licensed premise shall exceed 16 fluid ounces in size. No person shall be in possession of any above prescribed alcoholic beverage container which exceeds 16 fluid ounces in size on the streets and sidewalks, in parks, or in other public places within the defined Arts and Entertainment District Area.
  5. Drinking from can, bottle, or glass is prohibited:
    It shall be unlawful for any person within the confines of the Arts and Entertainment District to drink or attempt to drink any alcoholic beverage from a can, bottle, or glass or to possess in an open can, bottle, or glass any alcoholic beverage on the streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way, and parking lots, whether public or private; other than as duly licensed by the State of Alabama and the City of Decatur.
  6. Open Container Laws applicable:
    Open Container Laws of the State of Alabama and the City of Decatur still govern to the extent that the respective provisions are not strictly modified by either Section 28-3A-17.1 of the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 28-3A-20.1 of the Code of Alabama 1975 or the provisions of this Article.
  7. Hours in effect:
    The above regulations notwithstanding no person shall be in possession of an alcoholic beverage in an above prescribed container dispensed by a duly licensed establishment within the Arts and Entertainment District boundaries between the hours of  1 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Monday through Thursday and between the hours of 1 A.M. to 12 P.M. (noon) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours may be extended on specific days with City Council permission.