Chattanooga Mayor Berke allows beer deliveries, closes certain city buildings to offset impact of COVID-19

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mayor Andy Berke speaks during a Council Against Hate meeting at The Camp House on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The feature speaker was Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi who now works to help people leave the white supremacy movement.

Chattanooga bars, restaurants and breweries can temporarily make beer deliveries during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In an executive order signed Friday, Mayor Andy Berke granted the businesses permission to acquire a special 30-day off-site beer permit that would allow the delivery of commercially sealed beer- such as cans, bottles or growlers- to be ordered for delivery.

Only employees 21 years or older who work for businesses that acquire the permit will be allowed to deliver the beer. Standard identification and beer sale laws still apply.

The decision comes about a week after the state decided to allow similar off-site sales of wine and spirits to offset the economic impacts of coronavirus and prevention orders on bars and restaurants, including an executive order by Berke that prohibits dine-in service at all bars and restaurants within the city.

To inquire about a permit, email Bertha Lawrence at

The order also suspends public access to city hall, city court, the city annex and the city services at the development resource center beginning Monday, until further notice.

Make payments or get help from the following offices as described below:

- Treasury (Property tax, business license, permits, water quality fees, and tax relief and tax freeze program)


Mail to: City Hall Room 100, 101 E. 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone: 423-643-7262

For treasury questions, email,,

- Sewer Payments


Mail to: Payment Processing Center, P.O. Box 591, Chattanooga, TN 37401

Phone: 844-898-3672

Bank: Any First Horizon Bank (Formerly First Tennessee Bank)

ENCO Office: 1250 Market St., STE 1008, Chattanooga, TN 37402

For sewer questions, email

- City Court Citations


Mail to: Chattanooga City Court, 600 Market St. Room 104, Chattanooga, TN 37402

For court questions email or call 423-643-7541.

Contact Sarah Grace Taylor at or 423-757-6416. Follow her on Twitter @_sarahgtaylor.