File No. 35059

This rule was published in the August 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 15) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration

Rule R81-4A

Restaurant Liquor Licenses

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 35059
Filed: 07/14/2011 10:11:31 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule amendment is being proposed to implement S.B. 314 which was passed in the 2011 General Session.

Summary of the rule or change:

This rule amendment clarifies that the newly created "recreational amenity" on-premise beer license is the type of license that a restaurant liquor licensee may operate as a "dually licensed" premises during certain sequential periods of the day or night. The rule amendment also clarifies procedures in handling licensees who do not meet the 70% food requirement. The rule amendment also makes nonsubstantive changes regarding statutory references subsequent to the recodification the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that replaced Title 32A with Title 32B effective 07/01/2011.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 32B-6-202
  • Section 32B-2-202
  • Subsection 32B-5-303(3)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

None--This rule clarifies operational procedures that are already in place for existing beer and restaurant licensees. There are no costs or savings involved in this rule amendment.

local governments:

None--The requirements in this rule are regulated by state government and do not affect local governments.

small businesses:

None--Many licensees are small businesses that are already operating under the rules that are being clarified by this amendment. There will be no additional costs or savings associated with this amended rule.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

None--These rules affect licensed businesses and there is no affect on other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This amended rule is one of many regulations that licensees must abide by in the course of their normal business operations. There should be no additional compliance costs for affected persons.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This amended rule clarifies some of the regulations that beer and liquor licensees operate under on an ongoing basis. This rule will have no fiscal impact on these businesses.

Dennis Kellen, Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Alcoholic Beverage Control
1625 S 900 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84104-1630

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Neil Cohen at the above address, by phone at 801-977-6800, by FAX at 801-977-6889, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Dennis Kellen, Director


R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.

R81-4A. Restaurant Liquor Licenses.

R81-4A-1. Licensing.

(1) Restaurant liquor licenses are issued to persons as defined in Section [32A-1-105(44)]32B-1-102(74). Any contemplated action or transaction that may alter the organizational structure or ownership interest of the person to whom the license is issued must be submitted to the department for approval prior to consummation of any such action to ensure there is no violation of Sections [32A-4-102(3), 32A-4-103, and 32A-4-106(25)]32B-5-310.

(2) A restaurant liquor licensee that wishes to operate the same licensed premises under the operational restrictions of [an]a recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer during certain designated periods of the day or night, must apply for and be issued a separate recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer license subject to the following:

(a) The same restaurant licensee must separately apply for a state recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer license pursuant to the requirements of Sections [32A-10-202, -203, and -205]32B-5-201, -202 and 32B-6-702 through -705.

(b) Licensees applying for dually licensed premises must notify the department of the time periods under which each license will be operational at the time application is made. Changes must be requested in writing and approved in advance by the department. Licensees may operate sequentially under either license, but not concurrently.

(c) Restaurant liquor licensees holding a separate recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer license must operate in accordance with [32A-10-206]32B-6-706 and R81-10 A during the hours the on-premise beer retailer license is active.

(d) Liquor storage areas on the restaurant premises shall be deemed to remain on the floor plan of the restaurant premises and shall be kept locked during the hours the recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer license is active.


R81-4A-2. Application.

(1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), a license application shall be included in the agenda of the monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of a restaurant license when the requirements of Sections [32A-4-102, -103, and -105]32B-1-304, 32B-5-201, -204 and 32B-6-204 have been met, a completed application has been received by the department, and the restaurant premises have been inspected by the department.

(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude the commission from considering an application for a conditional restaurant license under the terms and conditions of [32A-1-107(5)]32B-5-205.


R81-4A-3. Bonds.

No part of any corporate or cash bond required by Section [32A-4-105]32B-5-204 and 32B-6-204(4), may be withdrawn during the time the license is in effect. If the licensee fails to maintain a valid corporate or cash bond, the license shall be immediately suspended until a valid bond is obtained. Failure to obtain a bond within 30 days of notification by the department of the delinquency shall result in the automatic revocation of the license.


R81-4A-4. Insurance.

Public liability and dram shop insurance coverage required in Section [32A-4-102(1)(h) and (i)]32B-5-201(2)(j) must remain in force during the time the license is in effect. Failure of the licensee to maintain the required insurance coverage may result in a suspension or revocation of the license by the commission.


R81-4A-5. Restaurant Liquor Licensee Liquor Order and Return Procedures.

The following procedures shall be followed when a restaurant liquor licensee orders liquor from or returns liquor to any state liquor store, package agency, or department satellite warehouse:

(1) The licensee must place the order in advance to allow department personnel sufficient time to assemble the order. The licensee or employees of the licensee may not pick merchandise directly off the shelves of a state store or package agency to fill the licensee[=]'s order. The order shall include the business name of the licensee, department licensee number, and list the products ordered specifying each product by code number and quantity.

(2) The licensee shall allow at least four hours for department personnel to assemble the order for pick-up. When the order is complete, the licensee will be notified by phone and given the total cost of the order. The licensee may pay for the product in cash, company check or cashier[=]'s check.

(3) The licensee or the licensee[=]'s designee shall examine and sign for the order before it leaves the store, agency or satellite warehouse to verify that the product has been received.

(4) Merchandise shall be supplied to the licensee on request when it is available on a first come first serve basis. Discounted items and limited items may, at the discretion of the department, be provided to a licensee on an allocated basis.

(5)(a) Spirituous liquor may be returned by the licensee for the original purchase price only under the following conditions:

(i) the bottle has not been opened;

(ii) the seal remains intact;

(iii) the label remains intact; and

(iv) upon a showing of the original cash register receipt.

(b) A restocking fee of 10% shall be assessed on the entire amount on any returned spirituous liquor order that exceeds $1,000. All spirituous liquor returned that is based on a single purchase on a single cash register receipt must be returned at the same time at a single store, package agency, or satellite warehouse location.

(b) Wine and beer may not be returned by the licensee for the original purchase price except upon a showing that the product was spoiled or non-consumable.


R81-4A-6. Restaurant Liquor Licensee Operating Hours.

Allowable hours of liquor sales shall be in accordance with Section [32A-4-106(9)]32B-6-205(6). However, the licensee may open the liquor storage area during hours otherwise prohibited for the limited purpose of inventory, restocking, repair, and cleaning.


R81-4A-7. Sale and Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages.

(1) Alcoholic beverages (including light beer) must be sold in connection with an order for food placed and paid for by a patron. An order for food may not include food items gratuitously provided by the restaurant to patrons. A patron may pay for an alcoholic beverage at the time of purchase, or, at the discretion of both the licensee and the patron, the price charged may be added to the patron's tab, provided that a written beverage tab, as provided in Section [32A-4-106(26)]32B-6-205(4), shall be commenced upon the patron's first purchase and shall be maintained by the restaurant during the course of the patron's stay at the restaurant regardless of where the patron orders and consumes an alcoholic beverage.

(2) The restaurant shall maintain at least 70% of its total business from the sale of food pursuant to Section [32A-4-106(23)]32B-6-205(7).

(a) The restaurant shall maintain records separately showing quarterly expenditures and sales for beer, heavy beer, liquor, wine, set-ups, and food. These shall be available for inspection and audit by representatives of the department, and maintained for a period of three years.

(b) If any inspection or audit discloses that the sales of food are less than 70% for any quarterly period, [an order to show cause shall be issued by the department to determine why the license should not be immediately suspended by the commission. Any suspension shall remain in effect until the licensee is able to prove to the satisfaction of the commission that in the future, the sales of food will meet or exceed 70%]the department shall immediately put the licensee on a probationary status and closely monitor the licensee's food sales during the next quarterly period to determine that the licensee is able to prove to the satisfaction of the department that the sales of food meet or exceed 70%. Failure of the licensee to provide satisfactory proof of the required food percentage within [three months of the date the license was suspended,]the probationary period shall result in [the revocation of the license]issuance of an order to show cause by the department to determine why the license should not be revoked by the commission.

(3) Liquor dispensing shall be in accordance with Section 32A-4-106; Section R81-1-9 (Liquor Dispensing Systems), and Section R81-1-11 (Multiple Licensed Facility Storage and Service) of these rules.


R81-4A-14. Brownbagging.

When private [social functions or privately hosted] events, as defined in [32A-1-105(47)]32B-1-102(77), are held on the premises of a licensed restaurant, the proprietor may, in his or her discretion, allow members of the private group to bring onto the restaurant premises, their own alcoholic beverages under the following circumstances:

(1) When the entire restaurant is closed to the general public for the private [function or] event, or

(2) When an entire room or area within the restaurant such as a private banquet room is closed to the general public for the private [function or] event, and members of the private group are restricted to that area, and are not allowed to co-mingle with public patrons of the restaurant.


R81-4A-15. Grandfathered Bar Structures.

(1) Authority and Purpose.

(a) This rule is pursuant to [32A-4-106(7)(a)(i)]32B-6-202 which provides that:

(i) a bar structure, as defined in [32A-1-105(4)]32B-1-102(7), located in a currently licensed restaurant as of May 11, 2009, may be "grandfathered" to allow alcoholic beverages to continue to be stored or dispensed at the bar structure, and in some instances to be served to an adult patron seated at the bar structure;

(ii) a bar structure in a restaurant that is not operational as of May 12, 2009, may be similarly "grandfathered" if, as of May 12, 2009:

(A) a person has applied for a restaurant license from the commission;

(B) the person is "actively engaged in the construction of the restaurant" as defined by commission rule; and

(C) the person is granted a restaurant liquor license by the commission no later than December 31, 2009.

(b) This rule is also pursuant to [32A-4-106(7)(a)(ii)]32B-6-202 which provides that:

(i) a "grandfathered bar structure" is no longer "grandfathered" once the restaurant "remodels the grandfathered bar structure"; and

(ii) the commission shall define by rule what is meant by "remodels the grandfathered bar structure".

(2) Application of Rule.

(a) "Actively engaged in the construction of the restaurant" for purposes of [32A-4-106(7)(a)(i)(B)(I)(Bb) and 32A-4-106(7)(a)(ii)]32B-6-202(1)(a)(ii)(A)(I) means that:

(i) a building permit has been obtained to build the restaurant; and

(ii) a construction contract has been executed and the contract includes an estimated date that the restaurant will be completed; or

(iii) work has commenced by the applicant on the construction of the restaurant and a good faith effort is made to complete the construction in a timely manner.

(b) "remodels the grandfathered bar structure" for purposes of [32A-4-106(7)(a)(ii)]32B-6-202(1)(b) means that:

(i) the grandfathered bar structure has been altered or reconfigured to:

(A) extend the length of the existing structure to increase its seating capacity; or

(B) increase the visibility of the storage or dispensing area to restaurant patrons.

(c) "remodels the grandfathered bar structure" does not:

(i) preclude making cosmetic changes or enhancements to the existing structure such as painting, staining, tiling, or otherwise refinishing the bar structure;

(ii) preclude locating coolers, sinks, plumbing, cooling or electrical equipment to an existing structure; or

(iii) preclude utilizing existing space at the existing bar structure to add additional seating.

(d) Pursuant to [32A-4-106(6)]32B-5-303(3), the licensee must first apply for and receive approval from the department for a change of location where alcohol is stored, served, and sold other than what was originally designated in the licensee's application for the license. Thus, any modification of the alcoholic beverage storage and dispensing area at a "grandfathered bar structure" must first be reviewed and approved by the department to determine whether it is:

(i) an acceptable use of an existing bar structure; or

(ii) a remodel of a "grandfathered bar structure".


KEY: alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [June 24, 2009]2011

Notice of Continuation: May 10, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: [32A-1-107; 32A-4-106(7)(a)(i)(B)(I)(Bb); 32A-4-106(7)(a)(ii)]32B-2-202; 32B-5-303(3); 32B-6-202


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