2010 Tennessee Code
Title 57 - Intoxicating Liquors
Chapter 4 - Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Premises
Part 2 - Administration, Enforcement, Prohibited Acts
57-4-203 - Prohibited practices Hours of sale Authority of commission Penalties.

57-4-203. Prohibited practices Hours of sale Authority of commission Penalties.

(a)  Exterior Signs. 

     (1)  No licensee shall place any sign of any description on the exterior of the licensee's hotel, convention center, premier type tourist resort, restaurant, or club which is not in compliance with all duly adopted local ordinances relative to such exterior signs.

     (2)  A violation of subdivision (a)(1) is a Class C misdemeanor.

(b)  Sales to Minors Prohibited. 

     (1)  (A)  Any licensee or other person who sells, furnishes, disposes of, gives, or causes to be sold, furnished, disposed of, or given, any alcoholic beverage to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age commits a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished in accordance with § 39-15-404, as well as any other applicable section.

          (B)  Any licensee engaging in business regulated hereunder or any employee thereof who sells, furnishes, disposes of, gives, or causes to be sold, furnished, disposed of, or given any beer or malt beverage as defined in § 57-6-102 to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

     (2)  Any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who:

          (A)  Purchases, attempts to purchase, receives, or has in such person's possession in any public place, any alcoholic beverage, commits a Class A misdemeanor; or

          (B)  Knowingly makes a false statement or exhibits false identification to the effect that the licensee is twenty-one (21) years of age or older to any person engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining the same commits a Class A misdemeanor.

                (i)  If a person violating this subdivision (b)(2)(B) is less than eighteen (18) years of age, such person shall be punished by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) or not less than twenty (20) hours of community service work, which fine or penalty shall not be suspended or waived. The fine imposed by this subdivision (b)(2)(B)(i) shall apply regardless of whether the violator cooperates with law enforcement officers by telling them the place the alcohol was purchased or obtained or from whom it was purchased or obtained.

                (ii)  If the person violating this subdivision (b)(2)(B) is eighteen (18) years of age or older but less than twenty-one (21) years of age, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than two hundred dollars ($200) or by imprisonment in the local jail or workhouse for not less than five (5) days nor more than thirty (30) days. The penalties imposed by this subdivision (b)(2)(B)(ii) apply regardless of whether the violator cooperates with law enforcement officers by telling them the place the alcohol was purchased or obtained or from whom it was purchased or obtained.

          (C)  (i)  In addition to any criminal penalty established by this section, a court in which a person younger than twenty-one (21) years of age is convicted of the purchase, attempt to purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages, or the making of a false statement or exhibition of false identification for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining alcoholic beverages in violation of this section, shall prepare and send to the department of safety, driver control division, within five (5) working days of the conviction an order of denial of driving privileges for the offender.

                (ii)  The court and the department of safety shall follow the same procedures and utilize the same sanctions and costs for an offender younger than twenty-one (21) years of age but eighteen (18) years of age or older as provided in title 55, chapter 10, part 7, for offenders younger than eighteen (18) years of age but thirteen (13) years of age or older.

     (3)  The provisions of this chapter do not prohibit any person eighteen (18) years of age or older from selling, transporting, possessing or dispensing alcoholic beverages in the course of such person's employment.

(c)  Other Prohibited Sales. 

     (1)  It is unlawful for any licensee or other person to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverage to any person who is known to be insane or mentally defective, or to any person who is visibly intoxicated, or to any person who is known to habitually drink alcoholic beverages to excess, or to any person who is known to be an habitual user of narcotics or other habit-forming drugs.

     (2)  A violation of subdivision (c)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor.

(d)  Hours of Sale. 

     (1)  Except as provided in subdivision (d)(5), hotels, clubs, zoological institutions, public aquariums, museums, motels, convention centers, restaurants, community theaters, theater, historic interpretive centers, sports authority facilities, and urban park centers, licensed as provided herein to sell alcoholic beverages, and/or malt beverages, and/or wine may not sell, or give away, alcoholic beverages and/or malt beverages and/or wine 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 twelve o'clock (12:00) noon on Sundays.

     (2)  Except as provided in subdivision (d)(5), hotels, motels and restaurants, licensed under § 57-4-102(24)(B) may not sell or give away alcoholic beverages, and/or malt beverages and/or wine between the hours of one o'clock a.m. (1:00 a.m.) and eight o'clock a.m. (8:00 a.m.) on weekdays or between the hours of one o'clock a.m. (1:00 a.m.) and twelve o'clock (12:00) noon on Sundays.

     (3)  Except as provided in subdivision (d)(5), establishments in a terminal building of a commercial air carrier airport and commercial airline travel clubs licensed as provided herein to sell alcoholic beverages, and/or malt beverages, and/or wine, may not sell, or give away, alcoholic beverages and/or malt beverages and/or wine 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) on Sundays.

     (4)  Except as provided in subdivision (d)(5), licensees under § 57-4-102(25) may not sell or give away alcoholic beverages and/or malt beverages and/or wine between the hours of five o'clock a.m. (5:00 a.m.) and eight o'clock a.m. (8:00 a.m.) on weekdays or between the hours of five o'clock a.m. (5:00 a.m.) and twelve o'clock (12:00) noon on Sundays.

     (5)  The commission is authorized to extend the hours of sale in the jurisdictions which have approved the sale of liquor by the drink by referendum. Upon petition by any licensee or group of licensees under this chapter, the commission may, after conducting a rule-making hearing pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, adopt rules expanding the hours during which it is legal to sell or give away alcoholic beverages, malt beverages and wine, pursuant to this chapter. The commission is hereby directed to consider such factors as the hours of sales in contiguous states and the need to compete with jurisdictions elsewhere in the country for convention and tourism business. The governing body of any municipality or metropolitan government which has approved liquor by the drink by referendum may, at any time, opt out of any extension of hours adopted under this section by passage of a resolution. Further, any municipality or metropolitan government that has opted out may, at a later date, opt in by passage of a resolution.

(e)  Restrictions on Sealed or Unsealed Packages, or Gifts. 

     (1)  No licensee hereunder shall sell any wine or other alcoholic beverage in any sealed or unsealed package to any patrons or customers for consumption off its premises. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a restaurant licensed under this chapter may permit a customer who purchases an unsealed package of wine in conjunction with a food purchase and consumes a portion of the wine on the premises to remove the partially filled package from the premises. In addition, a licensee holding a license issued pursuant to §§ 57-4-102(13) and 57-4-102(29) [§ 57-4-102(31)] may sell and distribute alcoholic beverages and wine in unsealed containers to the occupant of a suite located within a sports authority facility or a convention center; provided, that such occupant is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, is authorized by the lessee of the suite to receive such alcoholic beverages and wine, and the alcoholic beverage or wine is not removed from the sports authority facility or convention center.

     (2)  No licensee shall give away any such sealed package or any drink of wine or alcoholic beverage to any patron or customer; provided, that any hotel licensed under this chapter may include as part of the accommodations to a registered guest the provision of four (4) seven hundred fifty milliliter (750 ml.) complimentary sealed packages of wine or alcoholic beverages which must have all appropriate taxes paid upon them.

     (3)  The tax required by chapter 4, part 3 of this title shall be paid upon the normal sales price of any such packages of wines provided under this subsection (e).

(f)  Method of Sale.  Sales of wine and alcoholic beverages by licensees hereunder shall be conducted in the same manner as the sale of food is regularly conducted by such hotels, convention centers, premier type tourist resorts, restaurants, or clubs, except that no curb service of such beverages is lawful.

(g)  Ownership of Alcoholic Beverages Sold. 

     (1)  It is a Class C misdemeanor for any licensee hereunder to sell or serve on the licensee's premises any wine or other alcoholic beverage unless such beverage is owned outright by the licensee.

     (2)  It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell wine or other alcoholic beverage as authorized herein without complying with the applicable provisions of this chapter.

(h)  Restrictions on Employment.  No entity holding a license issued pursuant to § 57-4-101 shall employ any person in the serving of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages who does not possess a server permit from the commission. It is made the duty of the licensee to see that each person dispensing or serving alcoholic beverages, wine or beer in the licensee's establishment possesses such a permit, which permit must be on the person of such employee or on the premises of the licensed establishment and subject to inspection by the commission or its duly authorized agent when the employee is engaged in the performance of that employee's duties for the licensee.

(i)  Premises Must Be Licensed Exception for Conventions, Social Gatherings and Catered Events. 

     (1)  (A)  It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association to allow the dispensing of alcoholic beverages except sacramental wines and beer, in any establishment unless such establishment is licensed under this title.

          (B)  A violation of subdivision (i)(1)(A) is a Class B misdemeanor.

     (2)  Bona fide conventions or meetings, however, may bring their own alcoholic beverages onto the licensed premises if the same beverages are served to delegates or guests without cost. All other provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to such premises. The provisions of this section have no application to social gatherings in a private home or a private place which is not of a commercial nature or where goods or services may be purchased or sold or any charge or rent or other thing of value is exchanged for the use thereof, excepting it be for sleeping quarters. Nothing herein shall preclude the serving of alcoholic beverages to guests without cost in rooms or suites or banquet rooms of a hotel or club licensed pursuant to this chapter.

     (3)  A restaurant, hotel, or caterer holding a valid catering license may sell or distribute wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages at social or commercial events, catered by the restaurant, hotel, or caterer where the restaurant, hotel, or caterer is providing food service at such event; provided, that, the restaurant, hotel, or caterer shall notify the commission as to the time, location and duration of the catered event before the commencement of the event.

(j)  Penalties Invoked. 

     (1)  Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of parts 1 and 2 of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000); and, in the discretion of the court, imprisoned not less than thirty (30) days, nor more than six (6) months, and each violation constitutes a separate offense.

     (2)  Any person, firm or corporation who shall sell wine or other alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises except as authorized by parts 1 and 2 of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable as provided in this section.

     (3)  Upon conviction of a second offense under the provisions of this chapter, the permit of any licensee so convicted shall be automatically and permanently revoked.

     (4)  Upon the second conviction of any person, firm, or corporation for violation of the provisions of subdivision (b)(1), such person, firm, or corporation is guilty of a Class E felony. In addition, upon the second such conviction, the permit of such licensee shall be automatically and permanently revoked regardless of any other punishment actually imposed.

(k)  Sign Required Penalty for Noncompliance. 

     (1)  Each holder of a license to sell wine or other alcoholic beverages for on the premises consumption shall display in a prominent place at the location where such sales are permitted a sign, at least six inches (6²) high and fourteen inches (14²) wide stating:  

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     (2)  Failure by such licensee to comply with the provisions of subdivision (k)(1) is a Class C misdemeanor.

(l)  Purchases by Special Occasion Licensees.  No charitable, nonprofit or political organization possessing a special occasion license shall purchase for sale or distribution under such license any alcoholic beverages from any source other than a licensee under § 57-3-204. This subsection (l ) shall not apply to homemade wine made in the Swiss tradition by a member or members of a special occasion permit holder issued a license pursuant to § 57-4-102(30)(D). The member may supply the wine notwithstanding the limitations of § 57-3-207(e).

(m)  Commercial Airline Travel Clubs.  A commercial airline travel club licensed under this chapter may provide complimentary drinks of wine and alcoholic beverages to its patrons, customers, and guests. Such commercial airline travel club must have a separate area, other than the gate and ticket areas, designated as a club area for use by its members. The tax required by part 3 of this chapter shall be paid upon the normal sales price of all such complimentary drinks of wine and alcoholic beverages provided under this subsection (m).

[Acts 1967, ch. 211, § 1; 1969, ch. 336, § 1; 1970, ch. 451, § 2; 1971, ch. 224, § 1; 1972, ch. 612, § 9; 1972, ch. 682, § 4; 1972, ch. 756, § 5; 1973, ch. 397; 1975, ch. 277, § 1; 1975, ch. 340, § 1; 1979, ch. 256, § 1; 1979, ch. 377, § 1; 1979, ch. 401, § 4; 1979, ch. 413, §§ 3, 4; T.C.A., § 57-156; Acts 1980, ch. 771, § 3; 1981, ch. 153, § 1; 1981, ch. 404, § 3; 1982, ch. 877, §§ 2, 3; 1983, ch. 454, §§ 2, 3; 1983, ch. 469, §§ 6, 7; 1984, ch. 569, § 1; 1984, ch. 975, §§ 6, 7; 1984, ch. 1006, § 3; 1986, ch. 697, § 1; 1986, ch. 788, § 1; 1986, ch. 899, §§ 7, 8; 1987, ch. 96, § 1; 1987, ch. 444, §§ 1, 8, 9; 1988, ch. 944, § 1; 1989, ch. 427, § 1; 1989, ch. 591, §§ 63, 111, 112, 113; 1991, ch. 407, §§ 1, 2; 1991, ch. 473, §§ 2, 3; 1992, ch. 674, §§ 6, 7; 1994, ch. 550, § 1; 1995, ch. 93, § 1; 1995, ch. 214, § 2; 1995, ch. 396, § 6; 1998, ch. 795, §§ 2, 3; 1998, ch. 939, § 6; 2000, ch. 819, §§ 1, 2; 2001, ch. 74, § 4; 2001, ch. 161, § 1; 2001, ch. 310, § 1; 2002, ch. 832, § 2; 2006, ch. 900, § 3; 2007, ch. 203, § 2.]  

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