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:
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.
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:
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.
Contact the City Secretary's Office at 817-598-4202.