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Social Districts Fact Sheet

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Sarah J. Gabis
Michigan Municipal League
February 2, 2021


The State of Michigan enacted a new law intended to spur economic activity and provide flexibility for hospitality businesses by enabling the on-site sale and off-site consumption of alcoholic beverages in designated “Social District” areas. On July 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 5781 into law (MCL 436.1551) creating the “Social District Permit,” which allows local governments to designate a Social District within their jurisdictions. Businesses that are granted a Social District Permit may sell alcoholic liquor (beer, wine, mixed spirits, or mixed drinks) on their licensed premises to customers who may then consume the alcoholic liquor within the commons area of the Social District.

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