Alcohol Ordinance Updates

Click here for frequently asked questions about the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance. For information on how to obtain an alcohol license in Savannah, please visit our Alcohol Licensing page.

On June 22, 2018, City Council approved revisions to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, including:

  • Requiring Class A, C and H licensees to have managers, servers, bartenders, doorpersons, or any other employee with the responsibility for serving, mixing or dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption to complete server training no later than seven days after commencement of his/her employment;
  • Updating server training every two years from the date of issuance;
  • Requiring proof of server training issued by the course-provider be maintained on the licensed premise;
  • Adding event venue to the distance exceptions;
  • Including event venue as a license class;
  • Adding language allowing the City to deny, suspend, revoke or refuse to renew any alcoholic beverage license when the applicant, manager or any other person with a financial interest in the establishment has voluntarily surrendered an alcoholic beverage license issued by the City within the five-year period immediately preceding the application date; and
  • Revising “Savannah-Chatham Police Department” to “Savannah Police Department.”

Extending Sunday Sales

On November 6, 2018, the City of Savannah will have a question on the 2018 General Election Ballot asking voters if they would like to extend Sunday hours for alcohol consumption on premises. The question will read:

Shall the governing authority of THE CITY OF SAVANNAH be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.” ( ) YES ( ) NO

If approved by residents in the City of Savannah, the new time will go into effect on January 1, 2019.