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Body:Section 28-1-7

Alcoholic Beverage Control Board prohibited from issuing licenses for sale of intoxicating beverages in Class IV municipalities; exceptions.


(a) All other provisions of law, rules, or regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board shall absolutely have no authority to issue any form of license in a Class IV municipality organized pursuant to Section 11-44B-1, et seq., including, but not limited to, on or off-premise consumption licenses, special event or special retail licenses, restaurant or lounge licenses, club licenses, or other licenses for the retail sale of any form of intoxicating beverages, including, but not limited to, beer and other forms of malt beverages, wine, liquor, or other alcoholic beverages regulated by the board, unless the application therefore has first been approved by the governing body of the municipality within whose corporate limits the site of the license is to be situated. The municipality is authorized to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the administration and processing of applications for such licenses.

(b) The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may issue such license only if the denial of approval by the governing body of the municipality has been set aside by order of the circuit court of the county in which the municipality is situated and such order has been affirmed by the appropriate appellate court, if an appeal has been taken. The circuit court of the county in which a municipality is located may set aside the denial of approval of a license only on the basis that the denial by the municipality was arbitrary and capricious in that there was no showing of any one of the following:

(1) The creation of a nuisance.

(2) Circumstances clearly detrimental to adjacent residential neighborhoods or the public health, safety, and welfare.

(3) A violation of applicable zoning restrictions or regulations.

(c) Proceedings in circuit court to review an action of a municipal governing body denying approval of a license application shall be expedited de novo proceedings, heard by a circuit judge without a jury who shall consider any testimony presented by the city governing body and any new evidence presented in explanation or contradiction of the testimony. If a licensee ultimately prevails in any judicial review as provided for herein on any basis other than new evidence presented to the court that was not fully presented to the municipal governing body, then the applicant shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys' fees against the municipality. Any proceeding to review the denial of approval of a license application by a municipality shall be commenced within fourteen (14) calendar days of the action by the municipal governing body and shall be set for hearing by the court within thirty (30) calendar days thereafter.

(d) This section shall supersede any and all laws, rules and regulations contrary to or inconsistent with subsection (a).

(Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 96-52, p. 70, ยงยง1-4.)