Updated: January 23, 2023
The Social District allows people to drink beer, wine, or cocktails as they walk through a defined area of Downtown Statesville. Social districts have been implemented in various towns and cities across state since the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation in 2021 allowing municipalities to designate areas where alcoholic beverages can be purchased from a licensed ABC permittee and then taken outdoors and into other participating businesses.
We anticipate that the social district will be a valuable tool in increasing economic activity and vibrancy of Downtown Statesville.
The Social District will be jointly managed by the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation (DSDC), The Statesville Police Department (for enforcement), and the City of Statesville Public Works Department (for trash/recycling services).
The Downtown Statesville Social District, the 'Ville, goes in to effect on Friday, February 10, 2023.
The Downtown Statesville Social District boundaries INCLUDE:
The Social District boundaries EXCLUDE:
Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed within the boundaries of the Downtown Statesville Social District, marked clearly with signs displayed around the perimeter and defined by the below provided map which is easily accessible via a QR code displayed on signage.
Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed within the boundaries of the Downtown Statesville Social District, the 'Ville, marked clearly with signs displayed around the perimeter and defined by the below provided map which is easily accessible via a QR code displayed on signage.
Recent changes in North Carolina law allow a special event located within a social district to receive a permit for the sale of alcohol within their event area from the ABC Commission. The ABC Commission staff have indicated to the City that a special event permittee may participate in a social district if the requirements under North Carolina law to do so are followed, including allowing beverages with social district cups to be carried from and into the special event area. Participation in the social district is at the special event holder’s discretion.
Event organizers will have the choice to allow social district beverages within their event footprint or not. The Downtown Statesville Development Corporation (DSDC) will educate event organizers and determine their preference. Businesses within the social district will receive event notifications and whether portions of the social district will be impacted by special events with or without alcohol.