News Release

Changes in Lafayette’s Alcohol Code
Posted: 5/24/2017 4:00 PM
 

On May 16, 2017, the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 7 to 1 to adopt a revised Alcohol Code. Today, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux signed the ordinance into law, triggering some elements of the code to become immediately effective within the City of Lafayette and the unincorporated areas of the Parish.
 
Specifically, “go cups” will no longer be allowed after midnight until 6 a.m. any day of the week in the Downtown District, Simcoe-Surrey Street Corridor or the McKinley Street Area. Each individual establishment is responsible for enforcing this aspect of the code. Only paper, plastic or Styrofoam go cups are allowable off-premises in these areas, and only from 6 a.m. until midnight. Within the City of Lafayette, at no time is it lawful to possess an unsealed glass-bottled alcoholic beverage in public as a matter of public safety.
 
Additionally, the Council voted to authorize the Lafayette Chief of Police the ability to enforce the emergency closure of an establishment when presented with an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public. An emergency closure order will be lifted after it has been determined the imminent danger to the public no longer exists. This authority is already granted to the Lafayette Fire Chief and is applicable to establishments within the Lafayette city limits and unincorporated areas of the parish.
 
Violations or failure to comply with the Alcohol Code by a permitted establishment could subject the establishment to fines, suspension or revocation of alcohol permits. Once a permit is revoked, a new permit shall not be issued to the same permittee, directly or indirectly, for a period of not less than one year.
 
All alcohol permit holders have been notified via mail of the updates and requirements to the code. Prior to the ordinance changes, Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Office of Alcohol and Noise Control hosted three public workshops to share the proposed changes and to gather feedback from attendees.
 
All establishments within the Lafayette city limits and unincorporated areas of the parish serving alcohol are required to apply and pay for an Alcohol Permit at the Office of Alcohol and Noise Control, located at 2100 Jefferson Street, Suite 102A.