Beer Permit FAQs


Who can sell beer or liquor in the City of White House?

It is unlawful for any person to sell, store for sale, distribute for sale, or manufacture beer or liquor without first applying to and obtaining a permit from the Beer Board.

What are the definitions of beer and liquor?

"Beer" includes all beers, ales and other malt liquors having an alcoholic content of not more than five percent (5%) by weight.

"Liquor" includes all alcoholic beverages other than patented medicine or beer.

What are the classes of permits for beer and/or liquor?

An "off-premises" permit allows for the sale of beer only whre the beer will not be consumed on or near the premises of the seller.

An "on-premises" permit allows for the sale of and consumption of beer and/or liquor in hte operation of a restaurant. A restaurant is defined as a business establishment whose primary business is the sale of prepared food to be consumed ont he premises and less than forty percent (40%) of its income is from the sale of beer or liquor.

When can holders of beer and/or liquor permits sell beer or liquor?

For off-premises permits the sale of beer only shall be permitted on a twenty four (24) hour basis, seven (7) days a week.

For on-premises permits no beer or liquor shall be sold between the hours of three o'clock a.m. (3:00 a.m.) and eight o'clock a.m. (8:00 a.m.) on weekdays or between the hours of three o'clock a.m. (3:00 a.m.) and noon (12:00 p.m.) on Sundays.

Are there additional costs associated with having a beer permit?

For beer permits only a privilege tax of $100.00 is imposed on the business of selling, distributing, storing or manufacturing beer in the state effective January 1, 1994 and each successive January 1. Any holder of a beer permit issued after January 1 shall pay a pro rata portion of the annual tax when the permit is issued.

For liquor permits, the annual privilege tax to be paid to the City of White House's Finance Director is defined as follows:

Private Club - $300.00

Hotel/Motel - $1,000.00

Restaurant, according to seating capacity on licensed premises:

          75-125 seats - $600.00

          126-175 seats - $750.00

          176-225 seats - $800.00

          226-275 seats - $900.00

          276 seats and over - $1,000.00

          "Wine Only" restaurant with 50 or more seats - $120.00

Are there restrictions on where beer can be sold?

No permit will be issued authorizing the storage, sale or manufacture of beer at places within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any church or school, as measured in a straight line from the nearest corner of the school or church structure to the nearest corner of the structure where beer is to be stored, sold or manufactured.