2019 Georgia Code
Title 3 - Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 3 - Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages Generally
Article 2 - Prohibited Acts
§ 3-3-20. Sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays, election days, and Christmas Day

Universal Citation: GA Code § 3-3-20 (2019)
  • (a) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this Code section or except as specifically authorized by law, no person knowingly and intentionally shall sell or offer to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.

  • (b)

    • (1) As used in this subsection, the term "day" means that period of time beginning with the opening of the polls and ending with the closing of the polls.

    • (2) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph and paragraph (3) of this subsection, in any county or municipality in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized, the sale of alcoholic beverages in compliance with such authorization shall be authorized and legal on any election day.

      • (B) The local governing authority of any county in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized and the local governing authority of any municipality in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized may, by ordinance, prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages on any election days. In any case where the governing authority of a county or municipality has passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on any election days as authorized by this subparagraph, such prohibition shall apply only within the territorial boundaries for which the election is held but such territorial boundaries shall not include any property owned or operated by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of this state for airport purposes if no person resides on such publicly owned or operated property.

    • (3) (A) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this subsection, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell alcoholic beverages within 250 feet of any polling place or of the outer edge of any building within which such polling place is established on primary or election days.

      • (B) Any person violating the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • (c) The governing authority of any county or municipality may, by ordinance or resolution, prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages on Christmas Day.

  • (d)

    • (1) In all municipalities within any county having a population of 400,000 or more according to the United States decennial census of 1990 or any future such census in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is lawful, alcoholic beverages may be sold on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 12:00 Midnight at festivals. As used in this paragraph, the term "festival" means a specific outdoor public celebration or gathering for which a license or permit has been issued by the appropriate governing authority which involves the use either of public parks or public streets and which includes entertainment, dancing, music, dramatic productions, art exhibition, parades, or the sale of merchandise, food or alcohol, or any combination of the foregoing; and which of necessity requires for its successful execution the provision and coordination of municipal services to a degree significantly over and above that which the city routinely provides under ordinary everyday circumstances. The definition of "festival," as used in this paragraph, does not include events which are solely parades, foot races, or political demonstrations unless such parade, foot race, or political demonstration is proposed as an integral part of a larger "festival," as defined in this paragraph.

    • (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, all persons and entities selling alcoholic beverages pursuant to this subsection shall fully comply with all other applicable state and local license and permit requirements.


Ga. L. 1937, p. 148, §§ 6, 7; Ga. L. 1937-38, Ex. Sess., p. 103, § 14; Ga. L. 1971, p. 864, § 1; Ga. L. 1972, p. 721, § 1; Ga. L. 1977, p. 1236, § 1; Code 1933, § 58-813, enacted by Ga. L. 1977, p. 1316, § 1; Code 1933, § 5A-507, enacted by Ga. L. 1980, p. 1573, § 1; Ga. L. 1981, p. 460, § 1; Ga. L. 1981, p. 1269, § 19; Ga. L. 1982, p. 890, § 1; Ga. L. 1984, p. 1688, § 1; Ga. L. 1985, p. 1508, § 1; Ga. L. 1986, p. 10, § 3; Ga. L. 1992, p. 1694, § 1; Ga. L. 2000, p. 1405, § 1.

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