File No. 35062

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

Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration

Rule R81-4F

Reception Center License

Notice of Proposed Rule

(New Rule)

DAR File No.: 35062
Filed: 07/14/2011 10:15:23 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule is proposed to implement the new reception center license created in S.B. 314 passed in the 2011 General Session.

Summary of the rule or change:

The 2011 Legislature created a new liquor license type in the Retail License Act. This rule is proposed to ensure that reception center licensees are regulated in the same way as the holders of other license types.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 32B-6-805(3)
  • Section 32B-2-202

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

None--This rule elaborates on the statutory requirements for this license type that are established in Title 32B, Chapter 6, whereby this license type was created. The rule does not affect the state budget.

local governments:

None--Reception Centers are regulated on the state level and this rule only affects persons licensed as such. Therefore, this rule will have no costs or savings to local governments.

small businesses:

None--Some reception centers will be operated by small businesses, however, this rule will not impose any costs or savings to small business because any licensing fees and associated costs are established through the statutory creation of this license.

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

None--The regulations for reception centers will only affect the licensee and no other persons, therefore this rule will have no fiscal impact on other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

None--Statutory requirements establish compliance parameters and any resulting costs. This rule does not impose any additional compliance costs.

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

This rule is written to ensure that holders of reception center licenses comply with rules that are required of other license holders. The guidelines are reasonable and will have no fiscal impact on businesses.

Denis 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.

R81-4F. Reception Center License.

R81-4F-1. Licensing.

(1) Effective November 1, 2011, before a person may store, sell, offer for sale, or furnish an alcoholic product on its premises as a reception center, the person shall first obtain a reception center license from the commission pursuant to 32B-6-803.

(2) A reception center licenses is issued to a person as defined in Section 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 Section 32B-5-310.


R81-4F-2. Application.

(1) A license application shall be included in the agenda of the monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of a reception center license when the requirements of Sections 32B-1-304, 32B-5-201, -204, and 32B-6-804 have been met, a completed application has been received by the department, and the reception center premises have been inspected by the department.


R81-4F-3. Bonds.

No part of any corporate or cash bond required by Section 32B-5-204 and 32B-6-804(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.


R81-4F-4. Insurance.

Public liability and dram shop insurance coverage required in Section 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.


R81-4F-5. Reception Center Licensee Liquor Order and Return Procedures.

The following procedures shall be followed when a reception center 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.


R81-4F-6. Reception Center Liquor Licensee Operating Hours.

Allowable hours of liquor sales shall be in accordance with Section 32B-6-805(8). However, the licensee may open the liquor storage area during hours otherwise prohibited for the limited purpose of inventory, restocking, repair, and cleaning.


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

(1) The reception center licensee may not maintain in excess of 30% of its total annual receipts from the sale of an alcoholic product which includes mix for an alcoholic product, or a charge in connection with the furnishing of an alcoholic product pursuant to 32B-6-805(9).

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

(3) If any inspection or audit discloses that the sales of alcoholic products exceed 30% of the reception center licensee's total receipts for any quarterly period, the department shall immediately put the licensee on a probationary status and closely monitor the licensee's alcohol 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 alcohol do not exceed 30% of the business. Failure of the licensee to provide satisfactory proof of the required alcohol percentage within the probationary period shall result in issuance of an order to show cause by the department to determine why the license should not be revoked by the commission.

(4) Liquor dispensing shall be in accordance with Section 32B-5-304 and Section R81-1-9 (Liquor Dispensing Systems).


R81-4F-8. Liquor Storage.

Liquor bottles kept for sale in use with a dispensing system, liquor flavorings in properly labeled unsealed containers, and unsealed containers of wines poured by the glass may be stored in the same storage area of the reception center as approved by the department.


R81-4F-9. Alcoholic Product Flavoring.

Reception center liquor licensees may use alcoholic products as flavoring subject to the following guidelines:

(1) Alcoholic product flavoring may be utilized in beverages only during the authorized selling hours under the reception center license. Alcoholic product flavoring may be used in the preparation of food items and desserts at any time if plainly and conspicuously labeled "cooking flavoring".

(2) No reception center employee under the age of 21 years may handle alcoholic product flavorings.


R81-4F-10. Table Service.

(1) Alcoholic products may not be sold, offered for sale, or furnished to a patron, and a patron may not consume an alcoholic product at a bar structure. Alcoholic products may be dispensed from a mobile serving area that is moved only by staff of the reception center licensee, is capable of being moved by only one individual, and is no larger than 6 feet long and 30 inches wide. Otherwise, alcoholic products must be dispensed from an area that is separated from an area for the consumption of food by a patron by a solid, translucent or opaque, permanent structural barrier in accordance with 32B-6-805(15).

(2) A wine service may be performed by the server at the patron's table. The wine may be opened and poured by the server.

(3) Beer and heavy beer, if in sealed containers, may be opened and poured by the server at the patron's table.

(4) A patron's table may be located in waiting, patio, garden and dining areas previously approved by the department.


R81-4F-11. Identification Badge.

Each employee of the licensee who sells, dispenses or provides alcoholic beverages shall wear a unique identification badge visible above the waist, bearing the employee's first name, initials, or a unique number in letters or numbers not less than 3/8 inch high. The identification badge must be worn on the front portion of the employee's body. The licensee shall maintain a record of all employee badges assigned, which shall be available for inspection by any peace officer, or representative of the department. The record shall include the employee's full name and address and a driver's license or similar identification number.


R81-4F-12. Reporting Requirement.

(1) Authority. This rule is pursuant to the commission's powers and duties under 32B-2-202 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 32B-6-805(3).

(2) Purpose. This rule implements the requirement of 32B-6-805(3) that requires the commission to provide by rule procedures for reception center licensees to report scheduled events to the department to allow random inspections of events 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) A reception center licensee licensed under 32B-6-801 shall file with the department at the beginning of each quarter a report containing advance notice of events that have been scheduled as of the reporting date for that quarter.

(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 scheduled 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 submitting the information, and the licensee 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 a reception center licensee to timely file the quarterly reports may result in disciplinary action pursuant to 32B-3-201 to -207, and R81-1-6 and -7.


KEY: alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 32B-2-202; 32B-6-805(3)


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