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Alcohol Sales
11/04/08 - City of Weatherford citizens voted to approve Proposition 1 - The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only; and Proposition 2 - The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.

11/10/08 - City Council adopted Ordinance 403-2007-78 establishing distance requirements from schools, churches and hospitals, and establishing permit requirements for a City alcohol permit.

Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 are only effective within the corporate boundaries of the City of Weatherford at the time of the 11/04/08 election. All annexations taking place after that date retain the wet/dry status in place before their annexation into the City of Weatherford.

What is the permit submittal process?
In general, the permit submittal is as follows:
  • Applicant retrieves application from TABC website
  • Applicant submits application to City Secretary at 303 Palo Pinto Street
  • City verifies distance and zoning; certifies the application in 5-7 days
  • Applicant and TABC process the remainder of the application; TABC estimates 6-8 weeks for approval

Who regulates the sale of alcoholic beverages in the State of Texas?
The production, distribution and sale of alcohol within the State of Texas is regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission (“TABC”) and the TABC receives their statutory authority to do so from the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Code.

What are the distance requirements for the sale of alcohol from schools, churches and public hospitals?
In general, no alcoholic beverage may be sold within three hundred (300’) feet of a school, church or public hospital. The Texas Alcoholic Beverages Code and City of Weatherford Ordinance 403-208-78 establish the manner by which these distance requirements are measured. The following illustrations may help clarify these provisions:

Illustration of Church and Public Hospitals Distance Requirements 
Church and Public Hospital Distance Requirements

The measurement of the distance between the place of business where alcoholic beverages are sold and a church or public hospital shall be along the property lines of the street fronts and from front door to front door, and in a direct line across intersections.
Illustration of School Distance Requirements  
School Distance Requirements
The measurement of distance between the place of business where alcoholic beverages are sold and a public or private school shall be in a direct line from the property line of the public or private school to the property line of the place of business, and in a direct line across intersections.
Are childcare facilities included in the distance requirements?
Childcare facilities are NOT included in the distance requirements. By State law, spacing requirements only apply to Public and Private Schools, Churches or Public Hospitals.

Can Churches or Schools petition for increased distance requirements to one thousand (1,000’) feet?
No. The Texas Education Code only allows cities over a population of 900,000 to increase the distance requirements to 1,000 feet.

What are the legal hours within the City of Weatherford to sell alcohol?
Restaurants may serve alcoholic beverages during the following hours: 

  • Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
  • Saturday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Sunday)
  • Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon with food; and 12:00 Noon to Midnight

The holder of a late hours permit from the TABC may also serve from 12:00 Midnight to 2:00 AM on any day.

Convenience Stores or Grocery Stores may sell alcohol during the following hours:
  • Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
  • Saturday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Sunday)
  • Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight

Liquor stores may sell alcohol during the following hours:
  • Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Liquor stores are prohibited from selling liquor on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If New Year’s Day or Christmas Day fall on a Sunday, then the prohibition applies to the following Monday.

Can the City regulate the sale of alcohol or where it is sold?
The City of Weatherford does not regulate the sale of alcohol, but does limit where it can be sold. With the zoning ordinance adopted in January 2011, the sale of alcohol inside the City of Weatherford is limited to C-1 Commercial zoning districts, CBD Central Business District, and C-2 Commercial/Interstate zoning districts.

Further Questions?
Contact the City Secretary's Office at 817-598-4202.