Local Governments Can Now Set Limits on Alcohol Sales
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that local governments can set limits on alcohol sales through zoning regulations.
The court issued its opinion yesterday (Wednesday) upholding a Bloomfield Township zoning regulation that set limits on package alcohol sales at gas stations as being permissible under state law. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Maple BPA challenging the regulation.
Maple BPA had been denied a liquor license by the state Liquor Control Commission for a gas station because it did not comply with local zoning regulations. In its decision the appeals court concluded that because the state law creating the Liquor Control Commission specifically mentions local zoning regulations, local governments are permitted to set their own regulations regarding where alcohol may be sold.
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