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Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Our mission is to protect the public welfare and interest by regulating the alcoholic beverage industry through licensing, education and the enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations, as well as combating youth access to alcoholic beverages and
tobacco products in the Commonwealth. 

DID YOU KNOW?

The impact of HB 331 on Local Alcohol Ordinances is as follows –
 
As of Jan. 1, 2015, KRS 243.230 (1) (a) provides that:
 
“Quota retail drink licenses may be issued only for premises located within urban-county governments, cities containing a population equal to or greater than eight thousand (8,000) based upon the most recent federal decennial census, or elsewhere in counties containing an urban-county government or such a city if those counties maintain an adequate police force under KRS 70.540 and 70.150 to 70.170.”
 
Wet cities with a population of 8,000 and wet counties that have a city with population of 8,000 per the 2010 federal decennial census are affected.
 
For wet counties, 804 KAR 9:010 Section 2 generally sets the number (quota) of quota retail drink licenses issued by the department at one for every 2,500 persons residing in the county. 
 
For wet cities in dry counties, 804 KAR 9:050 Section 1 generally sets the number (quota) of quota retail drink licenses issued by the department at one for every 2,500 persons residing in the city. 
 
804 KAR 9:050 Section 3 and KAR 9:050 Section 5 provide that the department is to use the population estimates of the Kentucky State Data Center, Urban Studies Center of the University of Louisville.  See, http://ksdc.louisville.edu/index.php/kentucky-demographic-data/estimates/population-and-housing-units

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 Please Note: Kentucky cities and counties that have passed local ordinances prohibiting alcohol sales on election day are listed here.