List of dry communities by U.S. state

Map showing   dry (red),   wet (blue), and   mixed (yellow) counties in the United States as of March 2012.

The following list of dry communities by U.S. state details all of the counties and municipalities in the United States of America that ban the sale of alcoholic beverages.

For more background information, see: Dry county and Prohibition in the United States.


States that permit localities to go dry

33 states have laws which allow localities to prohibit the sale (and in some cases, consumption and possession) of liquor. Still, many of these states have no dry communities. Three states, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, are entirely dry by default: counties specifically must authorize the sale of alcohol in order for it to be legal and subject to state liquor control laws.

States that preclude dry communities

17 states have laws which preclude the existence of any dry counties whatsoever:


Of the 67 counties in Alabama, 25 are partially dry or "moist" (these counties contain cities that have voted to allow alcohol sales), and 42 are completely wet. Clay County was the last county in the state to prohibit all alcohol sales countywide, but became partially wet on March 1, 2016, when two cities in the county voted to authorize alcohol sales. Within the 25 "moist" counties, 57 city governments have legalized alcohol sales inside their city limits.


Three terms describing Alaskan Villages in common usage:

There is wide variation of restrictions placed on the possession and movement of alcohol in the "damp" villages, some villages permit residents to order alcohol from stores outside the ban area and have it shipped in, while other villages require the person owning the alcohol to personally bring the alcohol into their jurisdiction.




There are three dry counties in Florida: Lafayette County in North Central Florida and Liberty and Washington counties in the Florida Panhandle.[62]

Before 2012, Madison County was partially dry; it only allows beer sales if the beer's alcohol content was under 6.243 percent. Madison County voters repealed that law in 2012.[62][63][64] Suwannee County was formerly dry, but county voters chose to go "wet" by a 2-1 margin in a 2011 vote.[62]

Various Florida counties and cities are wet, but have blue laws regulating alcohol sales on Sunday morning.[65][66]


All Georgia counties are fully wet, with the exception of the following:



Kansas had prohibition longer than any other state, from 1881 to 1948, and continued to prohibit bars selling liquor by the drink until 1987. Both the 1948 amendment to the Kansas Constitution which ended prohibition and the 1986 amendment which allowed for open saloons provided that the amendments only would be in effect in counties which had approved the respective amendments, either during the election over the amendment itself or subsequently.

All counties in Kansas have approved the 1948 amendment, but 19 dry counties never approved the 1986 amendment and therefore continue to prohibit any and all sale of liquor by the drink.[83] Public bars (so-called "open saloons") are illegal in these dry counties. Another 59 counties (including Johnson County, the largest county in Kansas and the largest Kansas portion of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area) approved the 1986 amendment but with a requirement that to sell liquor by the drink, an establishment must receive 30% of its gross revenues from food sales.[84] Only 17 counties in Kansas approved the 1986 amendment without any limitation, allowing liquor to be sold by the drink without any food sales requirement.[85]


Of the 120 counties in Kentucky, 38 counties are dry, 33 are wet, and the remaining 49 are either "moist" or dry with special circumstances.[86]


As of 2013, there were only eight completely dry towns in Massachusetts: Alford, Chilmark, Dunstable, Gosnold, Hawley, Montgomery, Mount Washington, and Westhampton.[87][88] The number of dry towns has decreased over time: according to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, there were 20 dry towns in Massachusetts in 2000.[87]

Tisbury is a formerly dry town which became partially wet after voters passed a motion at the Tisbury town election on April 27, 2012. As in Rockport, alcoholic beverages may only be served to patrons who are consuming a full meal.[89]




New Hampshire

According to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, only three towns in New Hampshire disallow the sale of alcoholic beverages: Ellsworth, Millsfield, and Monroe. (Other towns allow sales of alcohol, but with restrictions).[95][96] The most recent town to go "wet" is Sharon; the town voted to repeal its dry law in 2014.[96][97]

New Jersey

New Jersey has no dry counties, but as of 2013, 35 municipalities (out of 565 statewide) prohibit the retail sale of alcohol.[98] Most of the dry towns are in South Jersey, and some of them are dry because of their origins as Quaker, Methodist, or other Protestant religious communities.[99] Dry towns in New Jersey cannot forbid the possession, consumption, or transportation of alcohol, but have the option to permit or prohibit BYOB at restaurants and social affair permits for non-profit organizations.[100][101] It is possible for a dry town to have a winery or brewery that offers tastings, since alcohol manufacturing licenses in New Jersey are issued by the state, and are not regulated by municipalities.[102][103]

New York

North Carolina




South Carolina

South Dakota



Of Texas's 254 counties, 7[111] are completely dry, 194[111] are partially dry or "moist", and 53 are entirely wet. The vast majority of entirely wet counties are in southern border regions of Texas near Mexico, or in the south central portion. The patchwork of laws can be confusing, even to residents. In some counties, 4% beer is legal. In others, beverages that are 14% or less alcohol are legal. In some "dry" areas, a customer can get a mixed drink by paying to join a "private club," and in some "wet" areas a customer needs a club membership to purchase liquor by-the-drink, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The newspaper demonstrates how variable the alcohol laws can be, even within small geographic areas. "...Move to Burleson, which has alcohol sales in the Tarrant County portion of the city but not in the Johnson County side of town."[112] Today beer and wine can be purchased in all parts of Burleson. The only location in the county where liquor can be purchased is at a couple of stores inside the city limits of Alvarado.

A bill passed in 2003 by the Texas Legislature allows for Justice of the Peace precincts to host alcohol option elections. To date, this law has allowed many JP precincts, particularly in East Texas, to allow a vote that has resulted in many previously dry counties becoming "moist" and allowing sales of beer and wine, but not liquor.[113]

Texas law prohibits off-premises sale of liquor (but not beer and wine) all day on Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Off-premises sale of beer and wine on Sunday is only allowed after 12:01 pm.

Texas law also prohibits the sale of alcohol in any "sexually oriented business" in a dry county. Strip clubs in these dry counties often sell "set ups" (a cup with coke, ice, and a stirrer to which one can add their own alcohol) and have a BYOB policy to allow patrons to bring their own alcohol into the establishment.


Beer and wine sales are legal in all of Virginia.[114] Of the 95 counties in Virginia, 10 counties (Bland, Buchanan, Charlotte, Craig, Floyd, Grayson, Highland, Lee, Patrick and Russell) are dry in that retail sale of distilled spirits is prohibited.[114] Virginia cities are not subject to county alcohol laws as they are independent by state law, and all Virginia cities are wet.[114] Virginia also restricts the sale of hard liquors (or distilled spirits) to State-run stores, or VA ABC stores. This set up is unique in that the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control not only is responsible for the sale of liquor, but also for the enforcement of alcohol-related laws in addition to public education campaigns. These campaigns are generally geared towards young adults not of drinking age, but also cover topics such as substance abuse, training for hospitality industry employees and cautioning of the dangers of mixing alcohol and medications [115]




  1. Ala. Code Title 28, Chapters 2 and 2A
  2. A.S. Section 04.11.491
  3. Ark. Code Title 3, Chapter 8
  4. Cal. Bus. Code Section 25612.5
  5. Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Section 12-47-105
  6. Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 545-30-9
  7. Dela. Const. Art. XIII
  8. Fla. Stat. Chapter 567
  9. O.C.G.A. § 3-10-1
  10. Idaho Stat. Section 23-917
  11. ""Kansas Liquor Law," Kansas Legislative Research Department (2003)" (PDF). Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  12. Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 242
  13. Ky. Const. § 61
  14. La. R.S. Section 26:147
  15. Maine R.S. Title 28-A Section 121
  16. Mass. Gen. L. 138-11
  17. M.C.L. Section 436.2109
  18. Minn. Stat. Section 340A.509
  19. Miss. Code Section 67-1-3
  20. N.H. Stat. Section 663:5
  21. N.J. Stat. Section 33:1–40
  22. N.M. Stat. Section 33:1–40
  23. New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Code, Article 9
  24. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§18B-600 through 605
  25. O.R.C. Section 4301.35
  26. R.I. Gen. L. Section 3-5-2
  27. S.D.C. Chapter 35-3
  28. Tenn. Code Title 57, Chapters 2 and 3
  29. Tex. Alcoholic Beverage Code Title 6
  30. 7 V.S.A. Section 161
  31. Va. Code Section 4.1–122
  32. Chapter 66.40, R.C.W.
  33. W.V.C. Section 60-8-27
  34. Wisc. Stat. Ann. Section 125.05
  35. A.R.S. Section 4-224
  36. H.R.S. Chapter 281
  37. 235 IL.C.S. 5/4‑1
  38. Ind. Code Title 7.1
  39. Iowa Code Section 123.32
  40. Md. Code Art. 2B, Section 8-101
  41. Sections 311.110–311.170, R.S.Mo.
  42. Section 311.040, R.S.Mo.
  43. 1 2 Mont. Code Section 16-1-101(2)
  44. "MCA 16-1-205". Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  45. Section 53-134.02, Revised Statutes of Nebraska
  46. Nevada Revised Statutes (N.R.S.) Chapter 369
  47. N.D. Century Code Chapter 5-02
  48. Okla. laws ch. 37
  49. Ore. Rev. Stat. Section 471.045
  50. Pa. Code Ch. 40
  51. S.C. Code Section 61-2-80
  52. Utah Code Section 32A-1-102
  53. Wyo. Stat. Section 12-4-101
  54. Code of Alabama.
  55. Alabama liquor laws.
  56. "Dry / Damp Communities". Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
  57. Souza, Kim (November 7, 2012). "Benton County votes "wet" with 66 percent approval". Magnolia Reporter. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  58. "Election results: Columbia County goes wet, Vann wins Magnolia mayor's race, Blair new county treasurer". Magnolia Reporter - Magnolia, Arkansas News.
  59. "Saline County votes 'yes' for wet".
  60. David Moran, Connecticut's Last 'Dry' Town Votes To Get 'Wet', Hartford Courant, November 10, 2014.
  61. Connecticut's Last Dry Town No More: Historic Vote Reverses Bridgewater Alcohol Sales Ban, NBC Connecticut, November 4, 2014.
  62. 1 2 3 Associated Press, Number of dry counties in Florida dwindling, July 4, 2012.
  63. "MadisonYES!".
  64. Madison County is Officially No Longer a Dry County, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
  65. Should cities repeal ‘blue laws’ that ban Sunday alcohol sales?, Palm Beach Post, November 6, 2013.
  66. Ralph de la Cruz, No more blues: Liquor law to ease: Boynton ready to let you buy alcohol earlier on Sunday. It's about time, Sun-Sentinel, August 5, 2008.
  67. Bulloch County, Georgia, Code of Ordinances >> PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES >> Chapter 3 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES >> ARTICLE II. LICENSING >>.
  68. .
  69. Coweta County, Georgia, Code of Ordinances >> PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES >> Chapter 6 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES >> ARTICLE II. LICENSING >>.
  70. Restriction on retail on-site consumption of distilled spirits.
  71. Effingham County Code of Ordinances >> PART II - OFFICIAL CODE >> Chapter 6 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES >> ARTICLE III. - LICENSES >> DIVISION 1. GENERALLY >>.
  72. Hart County, Georgia, Code of Ordinances >> PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES >> Chapter 6 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES >> ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL >>.
  73. Lumpkin County, Georgia, Code of Ordinances >> PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES >> Chapter 4 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES >>.
  74. "Municode Library".
  75. "Upson - Election Results".
  77. "Village of South Holland - South Holland Distinctive Traits". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  78. "'High time' for Ottawa South Side liquor sales - The Times: Local". The Times. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  79. Goldsborough, Bob (3 August 2011). "Once-dry Wheaton ready for weekend Ale Fest". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  80. "Kansas Department of Revenue: Counties with No Liquor by the Drink". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  81. "Kansas Department of Revenue: Wet Counties – Counties with Liquor by the Drink with 30% Food Requirement". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  82. "Kansas Department of Revenue: Wet Counties – Counties with Liquor by the Drink and No Food Requirement". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  83. "Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky as of 01/27/13" (PDF). Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  84. 1 2 Evan Allen, These towns have 0.11% of the overall population of the state, though Chilmak's rises slightly in the summer months. Selectmen grant 5 retail liquor permits, Boston Globe, February 14, 2013.
  85. Dry Towns in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, February 23, 2012.
  86. "Tisbury uncorks first wine and beer sales : The Martha's Vineyard Times". Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  87. "City Chooses Booze to Spark Growth". Muskegon Chronicle. November 7, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  88. Andrews, Amy. "Long Dry Oak Park: Eateries Can Sell Beer, Wine". Southfield, MI: WJBK-TV. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  89. "Summary Report Unofficial Results-Duluth, Mn". November 4, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  90. "Duluth City Council lifts ban on liquor sales in Lakeside, Lester Park". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  91. "Panaca, Nevada". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  92. Dry Towns, New Hampshire Liquor Commission.
  93. 1 2 Benji Rosen, Sharon: It’s a dry town no longer: Voters decide beer, wine can be purchased, online or otherwise, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, November 10, 2014.
  94. Jeff Woodburn, NH's Checkered Prohibition Past, NH Magazine, January 2015.
  95. New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC list of dry towns" (May 1, 2013). Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  96. Peterson, Iver. "Dry Towns Find That Temperance and Business Do Not Mix" in The New York Times (September 23, 2002). Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  97. Haddon, Heather. "Bring Your Own Debate Roils Dry City" in The Wall Street Journal (archived website) (March 23, 2012). Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  98. Avedissian, Eric. "Ocean City Tabernacle: Stop serving alcohol at nonprofit functions" in The Ocean City Sentinel (August 27, 2009). Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  99. Walsh, Daniel. "Shiloh farmer corks borough's opposition to winery" in The Press of Atlantic City (archived website) (August 3, 2006). Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  100. New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook for Municipal Issuing Authorities." Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  101. 1 2 3 4 5 Local Options: List of Dry Towns and Partially Dry Towns.
  102. "Alcohol served legally in rural NY town for first time in 80 years," "The Post-Standard," December 18, 2015
  103. "Legal Sales by County: North Carolina ABC Commission". Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  104. "Legal Sales by County: North Carolina ABC Commission (Madison County)". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  105. "Legal Sales by County: North Carolina ABC Commission (Wake County)". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  106. "Legal Sales by County: North Carolina ABC Commission (Mecklenburg County)". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  107. "Legal Sales by County: North Carolina ABC Commission (Graham County)". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  108. 1 2 "TABC Local Option Elections General Information". November 1, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  109. Labbe, J.R. "You may need a drink to understand our liquor laws." Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 16, 2004.
  110. "83(R) HB 2818 - Enrolled version - Bill Text".
  111. 1 2 3 "Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Annual Report 2013" (PDF).
  112. "Programs".
  113. "Fircrest voters ending liquor-sale ban". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  114. "10 Things You Should Know About the Yakama Nation". HU Now.
  115. "Village of Ephraim > Ephraim History". April 6, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  116. Doug Moe, "The Last Dry Town in Wisconsin," Capital Times, December 9, 2005 at A2
  117. Roberts, Rhonda (6 April 2016). "After 163 years, Door County's Ephraim no longer dry". WBAY-TV, Green Bay. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  118. Chris Hubbuch, "Sparta retailers looking to end 46-year ban on alcohol sales." La Crosse Tribune, February 2, 2009 at A1.
  119. Chris Hubbuch, "Sparta again says no to alcohol sales." La Crosse Tribune, April 8, 2009.
  120. 'Referendum on beer, alcohol sales fail,' La Crosse Tribune, April 6, 2011, B2
  121. Brittany Lake (April 1, 2014). "Voters approve Sparta beer sales".
  122. Brittany Lake (April 1, 2014). "Voters approve Sparta beer sales".
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/11/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.