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Info for Businesses

Alcohol Enforcement Operations Through May 5th

From the Chapel Hill Police Department (4.13.18): 

The Chapel Hill Police Department’s Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) will be focusing efforts on enforcing laws related to alcohol consumption and loud parties that might be associated with the end of UNC-Chapel Hill’s school year downtown and in neighborhoods beginning Friday, April 13, through the weekend of May 5.

“Let’s set a goal of zero citations,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We think that the greatest measure of success in our efforts to address the impacts of high-risk drinking in our community would be a month where no alcohol-related charges occur.  We need your help accomplishing this goal.”

What you need to do

  • Businesses: please check for valid IDs
  • Under 21: please don’t make one of our local businesses turn you away. You’ve almost made it to 21—just a little while longer.
  • Be a good friend: if you see someone that shouldn’t be driving or needs help getting home, don’t be afraid to take their keys away and put them in a cab or ride-sharing service (just make sure you give those keys back when they’ve sobered up.
  • Be a good neighbor: remember that your neighbor might not be interested in celebrating the same event you’re excited about. Keep the volume down, make sure no trash is left in your yard or your neighbors, and find out more about how you can Party Police Free at

Alcohol Resource Guide

Check out this guide to selling/serving alcohol in Chapel Hill. This quick guide is a great reference for new staff, covering sales to underage, sales to intoxicated, and issues specific to Chapel Hill. We will have physical copies to hand out at the meeting.

Spring 2018 B.A.R.S. Dates

Be A Responsible Server (B.A.R.S.) classes will be held on Monday, 
 May 7  &  June 4. 

*All classes are 7-9 pm at the Chapel Hill Courthouse, 179 E. Franklin St.
Classes are FREE and open to anyone who sells/serves alcohol in Chapel Hill. 

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