Social District


Pineville Social District allows people to sip beer, wine, or cocktails as they stroll through a defined area of Downtown Pineville. Social districts have been implemented in various towns and cities across the state since North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation allowing municipalities to designate an area in which a person may consume alcoholic beverages sold by a licensed ABC permittee and taken outdoors.

Legislative Session PDF


A social district serves to increase economic activity and downtown walkability which will provide a natural exposure for our downtown businesses.


Required signage will be located at several entry and exit points along the district border.


The social district operates 7 days a week.



Businesses located within the social district boundaries can submit a participation form to identify whether they want to opt-in or opt-out of the district.

Window clings will be displayed on businesses entrance to identify their status:

SOLD HERE – for businesses with a licensed ABC permit authorized to sell and distribute alcohol

  • SOLD HERE & ALLOW: Business will serve alcohol and allow other social district beverages inside their establishment
  • SOLD HERE & NOT ALLOW: Business will serve alcohol and NOT allow other social district beverages inside their establishment

BEVERAGES WELCOME – for non-ABC permitted businesses that welcome alcoholic drinks in their

PLEASE NO BEVERAGES – for businesses that do not want alcoholic beverages in their establishments

List of the Pineville Social District participating and nonparticipating businesses . Business owners can change their participation status at any time.


The social district must meet the following requirements under North Carolina law…

  • Patrons must be 21 years of age or older and follow state and federal drinking laws.
  • Be purchased from a permittee located in the social district to be consumed in the social district.
  • Alcoholic beverages must only be served in designated social district cups with business name, date, and time.
  • Alcoholic beverages must be disposed of before exiting the social district unless entering a business within the social district that allows alcoholic beverages to be brought inside the business.
  • A single patron cannot be sold more than 2 alcoholic beverages at one time.
  • Civil Penalty: Any patron or business who violates the social district town ordinance may be fined by a civil penalty of $100.00.
  • Any ABC permittee, non-permittee or person who violates may be subject to its Social District Permit being revoked, suspended, or permanently banned from participating in the Pineville Social
  • Participation in the social district by a special event is at the discretion of the special event permit holder.
  • Pineville Police Department officials will patrol the downtown area including the Social District pursuant to its normal operations.
    • Pineville Police Dept Telephone #
      • Emergency 911
      • Non-Emergency 704-889-2231
    • Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Telephone #
      • 1-877-ALE-AGENT
  • Pineville Public Works Department will provide sanitation services within the district, including trash removal and litter pick up.  Businesses are still responsible for maintaining sanitation on their property.


A permittee located and selling alcoholic beverages within the social district must meet the following
requirements under North Carolina law…

The permittee must:

  • ABC permittees are required to comply with all ALE regulations and serve alcohol responsibly
  • Only sell and serve alcoholic beverages on its licensed premises.
  • Only sell and serve alcoholic beverages “to-go” during specified social district days and hours
  • Only sell alcoholic beverages for consumption in a container that meets all of the following requirements:
    • The container clearly displays Pineville Social District logo AND business name, time, and date.
    • The container shall be clear plastic only.
    • The container displays, in no less than 12-point font, the statement, “Drink Responsibly – Be 21.”
    • The container shall not hold more than 16 fluid ounces.


Social district is defined as areas where people can walk with open, to-go containers of alcoholic beverages in a contiguous area. A social district may include both indoor and outdoor areas of businesses within the defined district during the days and hours established for the social district.

[Map of social district] Signage and/or sidewalk decals will be clearly posted at
entry and exit points of the social district.

10pm is consistent for when most of the downtown businesses close.

Businesses can submit this Social District Registration Permit to identify if they want to opt-in or opt-out of the social district.

  • All businesses located within the social district have the option to opt-out of the district; you do NOT have to allow alcohol inside your business.
  • Door sign will be provided to every business to clearly indicate to patrons if the establishment is opt-in or opt-out of  the social district.
  • 16 oz, CLEAR, PET/ PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate) are the preferred type of cup ABC-permittees will be required to obtain.
  • The Town of Pineville produced stickers that must be displayed on the cups. ABC-permittee establishments are required to indicate their business name, date and time the alcoholic beverage is served.
  • Container clearly identifies the ABC-permittee, date and time from which the alcoholic beverage was purchased.
  • Container clearly displays social district logo in which it will be consumed.
  • Container is NOT glass.
  • Container displays “Drink Responsibly-Be 21” in no less than 12-point font
  • The container is maximum of 16 fluid ounces.
  • No. Cups must be disposed of in a nearby recycling receptable prior to exiting the social district.
  • Alcoholic beverages must be purchased from an ABC permittee located within the social district.
  • No person with beer, wine, or liquor can be brought into the social district.
  • No. Only drinks purchased from qualified businesses within the social district are allowed.
  • No glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries.

No. Although these buildings are included in the social district boundaries, there are no alcoholic beverages allowed inside town government buildings.

No. Participating locations must be fixed permanent establishments with an ABC permit for on-site consumption.

No. Participating locations must be fixed permanent establishments with an ABC permit for on-site consumption.

No. No person shall possess an alcoholic beverage while driving a vehicle, including bicycles, scooters and golf carts. An open container of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited in vehicles.

Individuals who leave the social district in possession of alcoholic beverages can be criminally charged and get $100 civic penalty by Pineville Police Department.

  • Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and Pineville Police Department have jurisdiction over the social district.
  • ABC-permittees compliance with ALE laws and serving responsibly.

 You can report violations to Pineville Police Department by calling their non-emergency telephone # 704-889-2231 or dial 911 in case of emergency.

Town of Pineville
505 Main Street
Pineville, NC, 28134

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