Breaking News & Updates…..
- February 4, 2020 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting
- February 5, 2020 City of Amory Municipal Court
- February 15, 2020 National Guard Old Armory Beta Sigma Phi-Beta Nu Daddy Daughter Dance
- February 17, 2020 President’s Day
- February 18, 2020 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting
- February 19. 2020 City of Amory Municipal Court
- February 22, 2020 National Guard Old Armory Amory JA Charity Ball
- February 27, 2020 National Guard Old Armory Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
If you have questions regarding creating a business or adding to an existing business as associated with ordinances 1723 (beer) and 1724 (alcohol), please call the City Clerk’s office at 662-256-5721 (Option 8).
Here are some FAQ that may help?
Can I apply for my beer or alcohol license for the City of Amory with ABC/TAP yet?
The City of Amory has submitted all required paperwork to ABC (alcohol) and TAP/DOR (beer).
We are showing on the Alcohol Map for ABC but are not yet showing on the Beer/Light Wine map for TAP/DOR.
February 1, 2020 is the date that DOR will allow business owners to apply for a beer license.
February 7, 2020 is the date the ordinances for the City of Amory are enforceable. You may contact these agencies to begin your paperwork to apply.
The first recommended action is to contact the City Clerk’s office (662-256-5721 option 8) or Planning and Zoning to verify that you can disburse, serve, transport, etc in the location in which you are planning to. You must be zoned properly within the City of Amory to disburse and serve alcohol and beer/light wine. Each zoning requirement is different based on what you are preparing to do and there are a great many rules and regulations to follow.
What’s the difference between beer and alcoholic beverages?
Although beer contains alcohol, it is not considered an “alcoholic beverage” in Mississippi’s local option laws and is regulated differently from distilled spirits and wine.
In Mississippi, beer is a malt-based beverage that has no more than 8% alcohol by weight. Beer that has alcohol content greater than 8% by weight is not legal in Mississippi. Products that are wine-based and the alcohol content is less than 5% by weight are regulated like beer. These are called light wine products and are seen in the market typically as wine coolers. Beer and light wine cannot be sold in package stores. Likewise, alcoholic beverages cannot be sold in convenience or grocery stores.
An alcoholic beverage is either a distilled spirit or a wine product that contains more than 5% alcohol by weight. Products that are spirit-based (liquor) and that are less than 5% by weight are not legal in Mississippi. Alcoholic beverages are most often identified as items you may purchase in package stores.
Where do I get a permit to sell beer and alcoholic beverages?
There are separate permits for beer and alcoholic beverages both issued through the Department of Revenue. A beer permit may be applied for through TAP. A beer permit allows a retailer to sell beer and light wine at his licensed premises. For beer and light wine, this permit can be for on-premises or off-premise sales. A municipality or county (depending on where the retailer is located) may issue a local beer permit. You should contact your local government authorities for information.
The permit to sell alcoholic beverages is issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (permit information) office of the Department of Revenue. The authority to issue permits to sell alcoholic beverages is solely within the authority of the Department of Revenue; there is no provision in law for a municipality or county to issue a permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Can a private party be held in a business after hours in which liquor is served?
State Law: A private party may be held on licensed premises after closing to the public; but, absolutely no alcoholic beverages may be served, sold, possessed or consumed on the premises except during the legal hours for operation regardless of whether the premises are open to the public or being used for a private party.
Can a city require that a business obtain a city privilege license before selling beer/light wine?
Yes. State statutes authorize municipalities to require that businesses obtain a municipal beer permit before being able to sell beer/light wine within the city limits. Each permittee must obtain a state issued MDOR beer/light wine permit also before it is legal to sell beer/light wine.
How long does it take to issue a permit?
Each beer permit application is assigned to a tax analyst for review. It generally takes 5-7 business days for completely process an application once all applicable information is entered. Beer and light wine are applied for at www.dor.ms.gov.
Alcohol takes 4-6 weeks to process an application for ABC. Enforcement agents conduct background investigations and make sure that all applicants and locations meet all requirements of the Local Option Laws.
Can a city limit the areas in which beer / light wine is sold?
Yes. Cities are authorized by law to control many aspects including hours and areas. Please see Ordinances 1723 and 1724.
Can someone own more than one liquor store if the stores are in different cities?
No. No one may own more than an interest in one liquor store in this State regardless of location.
Is there a limit to liquor stores to be allowed in one city?
No. The number of permits issued by the commission shall not be restricted or limited based on population basis. The commission may refuse to issue a permit because of the undesirability of the proposed location.
If your home or property has been damaged by flood, fire, tornado, or other disaster, don’t let unscrupulous individuals take advantage of you during this vulnerable time.
Please follow this basic advice before you hire a contractor or sign any documents for repairs:
- Don’t rush into repairs no matter how badly they are needed.
- Be cautious of door-to-door offers of repair services and flyers or business cards that are left on your doorstep.
- Get at least 3 quotes. Always ask for and verify sources for each.
- Get a written contract that states all tasks to be performed. all associated costs, and the payment schedule.
- Don’t let the payments get ahead of the work.
- Keep records of payments and receipts. Never pay cash.
- Hire a licensed contractor. For a list of licensed and bonded City of Amory plumbers and electricians contact the City Clerk’s office at 662-256-5721 (Option 8).
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Beginning April 4, 2016 Monroe County will be delivering new cans to our residential customers. Please pay attention to the information sheets attached to each can. This information will have your pick up day on it. The can distribution will take approximately one month to complete. If you do not have a can, but the street next to you does, please be patient. The process will take approximately one month to complete for garbage pickup to begin. We ask that you be patient as we transition from City of Amory garbage pick up to Monroe County operated garbage pick up.
Please click this link for a press release from Monroe County:
As mentioned in the above press release, should you require an extra can there are two options available to you:
1- Contact Monroe County and for an extra fee per month, you will be provided with a can.
2- You may purchase your own additional rolling can and place it alongside the Monroe County provided can. Please remember that due to the type of machine picking up the trash, the can must be a rolling can of similar quality. Monroe County will not be responsible for damage to self-purchased garbage containers.
What can you do to be prepared and what you should do during a natural disaster…
MEMA offers helpful tips and ideas on their website for all natural disaster situations.
Visit the following page: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/floods/
Click the link on whatever disaster you want to prepare for on the far right side!
Helpful tips and ideas for kids are available, too!
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