Alcohol Ordinance Updates

For information on how to obtain an alcohol license in Savannah, please visit our Alcohol Licensing page.

What's happening with ordinances related to alcohol?

The City of Savannah is in the process of revising the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, Alcoholic Density Overlay District Ordinance and Revenue Ordinance.  Specific issues under consideration include:

  • Defining convenience stores
  • Establish distance requirements between convenience stores
  • Strengthen alcohol permitting for temporary events
  • Eliminate alcohol beverage license transfers
  • Require security plans for all license beverage holders
  • Reference door man and include responsible staff
  • Define leasable retail area in Alcohol Density Overlay District 

An additional ordinance is also being considered which provides additional regulations for gaming machines. 

Survey Results

A survey was conducted to obtain additional feedback from the community about these items.  For the survey results, click here.

Next Public Meeting

A follow-up meeting will be held to report on the survey results and provide preliminary recommendations on revisions to the ordinances related to alcohol on:

Thursday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m
Savannah Civic Center, Mason Room
301 W. Oglethorpe Avenue

Please continue to check this webpage, www.savannahga.gov/alcohol, for up-to-date information on this process and to learn about ways to provide additional feedback if you are not able to attend one of these meetings. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email alcohol@savannahga.gov.

Public Meeting Presentation

The City of Savannah held public meetings on February 28, 2019 to discuss proposed revisions to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance and Alcoholic Density Overlay District Ordinance. 

Specific issues under consideration:

  • Defining convenience stores
  • Establishing distance requirements between convenience stores
  • Strengthening alcohol permitting for temporary events
  • Eliminating alcohol beverage license transfers
  • Requiring the submittal of security plans for all license classifications
  • Referencing responsible parties, including doormen
  • Defining leasable retail area in Alcohol Density Overlay District

Alcohol Beverage Ordinance