All alcoholic beverage allocations MUST be approved by the City Commission. The number of alcoholic beverage allocations are restricted by Districts. Check with the City Clerk's office to determine if there is an allocation available for the classification you desire in the District in which you plan to locate. Applications for getting an Alcoholic Beverage Allocation are available at the Building Department in the Occupational License Division. The Margate City Code sets forth distance restrictions as well as hours of operation.
Extended Hours for the sale of alcoholic beverages requires a SPECIAL PERMIT that must be approved by the City Commission. An application for consideration of a SPECIAL PERMIT is also available at the City Clerk's office and Occupational License Division.
STATE OF FLORIDA ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE can be applied for at the State of Florida Division of Alcohol and Tobacco, 5080 Coconut Creek Parkway, Margate, FL 33063, phone (954) 917-1346. APPROVAL BY THE MARGATE CITY COMMISSION IS NEEDED PRIOR TO THE ZONING OFFICIAL SIGNING THE STATE BEVERAGE FORMS.
HOURS FOR SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The hours of sale of alcoholic beverages at any establishment within the city shall be 8:00AM to 12:00 Midnight, Monday through Saturday; and 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight on Sunday, unless an establishment has obtained a special permit.
NOTE - The following hours APPLY ONLY IF A SPECIAL PERMIT HAS BEEN GRANTED BY THE COMMISSION:
From 8:00 a.m. until 2:00a.m. of the following day, Monday through Thursday;
From 8:00 a.m. Friday until 4:00 a.m. the following Saturday;
From 8:00 a.m. Saturday until 4:00 a.m. the following Sunday;
From 12:00 noon Sunday until 2:00 a.m. the following Monday;
From 8:00 a.m. New Year's Eve until 4:00 a.m. on New Year's Day;
From 8:00 a.m. St. Patrick's Day (March 17) until 4:00 a.m. on March18.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SPECIAL PERMITS:
The application fee for a Special Permit for extended hours is $150 per year and the permit must be renewed each year by approval of the City Commission. Special Permits are not transferable. If a business is sold, the new owner must apply for approval. All applicants must furnish a copy of their State License with their application.
No liquor or beer and wine license approval for consumption on the premises shall be issued where the place of business is within 1,000 feet of a house of worship, a public or private school, or childcare center.
NOTE: WAIVER OF DISTANCE RESTRICTIONS can be granted through the approval of a variance. Application for a variance must be made and payment of the $200 fee for the variance must be paid before the request for the variance can be put before the Board of Adjustment for a Public Hearing.