The City of Everett is pursuing an Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) in downtown Everett.
What is an Alcohol Impact Area?
The purpose of an Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) is for local authorities to have a process to mitigate problems with chronic public inebriation or illegal activities linked to the sale or consumption of alcohol within a geographic area of their city, town or county, but not the entire jurisdiction.
Once an Alcohol Impact Area is recognized by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, conditions or restrictions may be applied, such as:
- Restricting the off-premises sale of certain alcohol products (banned products list)
- Restricting the business hours of operation for off-premises consumption liquor sales
- Restrictions on container sizes available for sale
Why is an AIA important in downtown Everett?
The sale of high alcohol content, low-cost beverages is an important factor in the public inebriation problem facing downtown Everett. Individuals under the influence of alcohol cause disruptions inside local businesses, on the street, and create a significant amount garbage left in public spaces.
Limiting the sale of these products has been shown to significantly reduce public inebriation and alcohol-related garbage. You can read more about the experiences of other nearby neighborhoods here:
How can you help?
Creating an AIA requires involvement from the whole community. Citizens have to provide examples of public inebriation incidents and alcohol-related garbage effecting the downtown area. In order to make this happen, we need your help.