File No. 35061
This rule was published in the August 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 15) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration
On-Premise Banquet License
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 35061
Filed: 07/14/2011 10:13:59 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 the room service procedures for on-premise banquet licensees that may sell in other than a sealed container (by the drink) as allowed by S.B. 314 and may stock mini bottles as an alternative to service by the drink. 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-2-202
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
None--This rule clarifies operational procedures for existing beer and restaurant licensees. There are no state budget costs or savings involved in this rule amendment.
None--The requirements in this rule are regulated by state government and do not affect local governments.
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:
These rules only 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 on-premise banquet licensees are already operating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Dennis Kellen, Director
R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.
R81-4D. On-Premise Banquet License.
(1) An on-premise banquet license may be
issued only to a hotel, resort facility, sports center or
convention center as defined in this rule. An on-premise banquet
sublicense may be issued to a resort licensee pursuant to [
32A-4a]. Any reference in the rules in this
chapter 4D to an on-premise banquet license or licensee shall be
interpreted as including an on-premise banquet sublicense or
(a) "Hotel" is a commercial lodging establishment:
(i) that offers temporary sleeping accommodations for compensation;
(ii) that is capable of hosting conventions, conferences, and food and beverage functions under a banquet contract;
(iii) that has adequate kitchen or culinary facilities on the premises of the hotel to provide complete meals; and
(iv) that has at least 1000 square feet of function space consisting of meeting and/or dining rooms that can be reserved for private use under a banquet contract that can accommodate a minimum of 75 people, provided that in cities of the third, fourth or fifth class, unincorporated areas of a county, and towns, the commission shall have the authority to waive the minimum function space size requirements.
(b) "Resort facility" is a publicly or privately owned or operated commercial recreational facility or area:
(i) that is designed primarily to attract and accommodate people to a recreational or sporting environment;
(ii) that is capable of hosting conventions, conferences, and food and beverage functions under a banquet contract;
(iii) that has adequate kitchen or culinary facilities on the premises of the resort to provide complete meals; and
(iv) that has at least 1500 square feet of function space consisting of meeting and/or dining rooms that can be reserved for private use under a banquet contract that can accommodate a minimum of 100 people, provided that in cities of the third, fourth, or fifth class, unincorporated areas of a county, and towns, the commission shall have the authority to waive the minimum function space size requirements.
(c) "Sports center" is a publicly or privately owned or operated facility:
(i) that is designed primarily to attract people to and accommodate people at sporting events;
(ii) that has a fixed seating capacity for more than 2,000 persons;
(iii) that is capable of hosting conventions, conferences, and food and beverage functions under a banquet contract;
(iv) that has adequate kitchen or culinary facilities on the premises of the sports center to provide complete meals; and
(v) that has at least 2500 square feet of function space consisting of meeting and/or dining rooms that can be reserved for private use under a banquet contract that can accommodate a minimum of 100 people, provided that in cities of the third, fourth, or fifth class, unincorporated areas of a county, and towns, the commission shall have the authority to waive the minimum function space size requirements.
(d) "Convention center" is a publicly or privately owned or operated facility:
(i) the primary business or function of which is to host conventions, conferences, and food and beverage functions under a banquet contract;
(ii) that has adequate kitchen or culinary facilities on the premises of the convention center to provide complete meals;
(iii) that is in total at least 30,000
square feet [
unless] the facility is a
"grandfathered facility" under [ 32A-4-401(8)]; and
(iv) that has at least 3000 square feet of function space consisting of meeting and/or dining rooms that can be reserved for private use under a banquet contract that can accommodate a minimum of 100 people, provided that in cities of the third, fourth, or fifth class, unincorporated counties, and towns, the commission shall have the authority to waive the minimum function space size requirements.
(2)(a) A "banquet contract" as used in this rule means an agreement between an on-premise banquet licensee and a host of a banquet to provide alcoholic beverage services at a meal, reception, or other private banquet function at a defined location on a specific date and time for a pre-arranged, guaranteed number of attendees at a negotiated price.
(b) Each "banquet contract" shall:
(i) clearly define the location of the private banquet function;
(ii) require that the private banquet function be separate from other areas of the facility that are open to the general public; and
(iii) require signage at or near the entrance to the private banquet function to indicate that the location has been reserved for a specific group.
(3) On-premise banquet licenses are issued
to persons as defined in Section [
32A-1-105(44)]. 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-4-402(4), 32A-4-403, and 32A-4-406(24)].
(1) A license application shall be
included in the agenda of the monthly commission meeting for
consideration for issuance of an on-premise banquet license when
the requirements of Sections [
32A-4-402, -403, and -405] have been met, a
completed application has been received by the department, and the
on-premise banquet premises have been inspected by the
(2)(a) The application shall include a floor plan showing the locations of function space in or on the applicant's business premises that may be reserved for private banquet functions where alcoholic beverages may be stored, sold or served, and consumed. Hotels shall also indicate the number of sleeping rooms where room service will be provided and include a sample floor plan of a guest room level. No application will be accepted that merely designates the entire hotel, resort, sports center or convention center facility as the proposed licensed premises.
(b) Pursuant to [
32A-4-402(2) and 32A-4-406(4)]after an on-premise banquet license has been
issued, the licensee may apply to the department for approval of
additional locations in or on the premises of the hotel, resort,
sports center or convention center that were not included in the
licensee's original application. The additional locations
(i) be clearly defined;
(ii) be configured to ensure separation between any private banquet function and other areas of the facility that are open to the general public; and
(iii) be configured to ensure compliance
with all operational restrictions with respect to the sale,
storage, and consumption of alcoholic beverages required by [
No part of any corporate or cash bond
required by Section [
32A-4-405], 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.
Public liability and dram shop insurance
coverage required in Section [
32A-4-402(1)(a)(ix)] 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.
R81-4D-6. On-Premise Banquet Licensee Operating Hours.
Allowable hours of alcoholic beverage
sales shall be in accordance with Section [
32A-4-406(7)]. However, the licensee may open the alcoholic
beverage storage area during hours otherwise prohibited for the
limited purpose of inventory, restocking, repair, and cleaning.
R81-4D-7. Sale and Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages.
Liquor dispensing shall be in accordance
with Section [
32A-4-406;] and Section R81-1-9 (Liquor Dispensing Systems) of
R81-4D-13. On-Premise Banquet License Room Service - Mini-Bottle/187 ml Wine Sales.
(1) Purpose. Pursuant to [
32A-1-116], the department may not purchase or stock
alcoholic beverages in containers smaller than 200 milliliters.
except as otherwise allowed by the commission. The commission
hereby allows the limited use of 50 milliliter
"mini-bottles" of distilled spirits and 187 milliliter
bottles of wine [ for]
room service sales by on-premise banquet
licensees located in hotels and resorts. The following conditions
are imposed to ensure that these smaller bottle sales are limited
to patrons of sleeping rooms, and are not offered to the general
(2) Application of Rule.
(a) The department will not maintain a
regular inventory of distilled spirits and wine in the smaller
bottle sizes, but will accept special orders for these products
from an on-premise banquet licensee. Special orders may be placed
with the [
department=s] purchasing division, any state store, or
any Type 2 or 3 package agency.
(b) The on-premise banquet licensee must order in full case lots, and all sales are final.
(c) Sale and use of alcohol in the smaller bottle sizes is restricted to providing room service to guests in sleeping rooms in the hotel/resort, and may not be used for other banquet catering services, or be sold to the general public.
(d) Failure of the on-premise banquet licensee to strictly adhere to the provisions of this rule is grounds for the department to take disciplinary action against the on-premise banquet licensee.
R81-4D-14. Reporting Requirement.
(1) Authority. This rule is pursuant to
the commission's powers and duties under [
32A-1-107] to act as a general policymaking body on the
subject of alcoholic beverage control and to set policy by written
rules that prescribe the conduct and management of any premises
upon which alcoholic beverages may be sold, consumed, served, or
stored, and pursuant to [ 32A-4-406(21)].
(2) Purpose. This rule implements the requirement of 32A-4-406(21) that requires the commission to provide by rule procedures for on-premise banquet licensees or sublicensees to report scheduled banquet events to the department to allow random inspections of banquets by authorized representatives of the commission, the department, or by law enforcement officers to monitor compliance with the alcoholic beverage control laws.
(3) Application of the Rule.
(a) An on-premise banquet licensee and an
on-premise banquet sublicense licensed under [
32A-4a] shall file with the department at the beginning of
each quarter a report containing advance notice of events [ or functions] that have been scheduled as of the
reporting date for that quarter to be held under a banquet contract
as defined in R81-4D-1.
(b) The quarterly reports are due on or before January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 of each year and may be hand-delivered or submitted by mail or electronically.
(c) Each report shall include the name and specific location of each event.
(d) The department shall make copies of the reports available to a commissioner, authorized representative of the department, and any law enforcement officer upon request to be used for the purpose stated in Section (2).
(e) The department shall retain a copy of each report until the end of each reporting quarter.
(f) Because any report filed under this rule contains commercial information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to result in unfair competitive injury to the licensee or sublicensee submitting the information, and the licensee or sublicensee submitting the information has a greater interest in prohibiting access than the public in obtaining access to the report:
(i) any report filed shall be deemed to include a claim of business confidentiality, and a request that the report be classified as protected pursuant to 63G-2-305 and -309;
(ii) any report filed shall be classified by the department as protected pursuant to 63G-2-305; and
(iii) any report filed shall be used by the department and law enforcement only for the purposes stated in this rule.
(g) Failure of an on-premise banquet
licensee or sublicensee to timely file the quarterly reports may
result in disciplinary action pursuant to [
32A-1-119, 32A-4-406], and R81-1-6 and -7.
KEY: alcoholic beverages
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
January 26, 2010]
Notice of Continuation: July 31, 2008
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: [
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