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R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.

Rule R81-4B. Airport Lounge Licenses.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R81-4B-1. Licensing.

Airport lounge liquor licenses are issued to persons 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 Sections 32B-5-310.

R81-4B-2. Application.

(1) No license application will be included on the agenda of a monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of an airport lounge license until:

(a) The applicant has first met all requirements of Sections 32B-1-304 (qualifications to hold the license), and 32B-5-201, -204 and 32B-6-204 (submission of a completed application, payment of application and licensing fees, written consent of local authority and airport authority, a copy of the sign proposed to be used to inform the public that alcoholic products are sold and consumed on the airport lounge premises, copy of current local business license(s) necessary for operation of a airport lounge, a bond, a floor plan, and public liability and liquor liability insurance); and

(b) the department has inspected the airport lounge premise.

(2)(a) All application requirements of Subsection (1)(a) must be filed with the department no later than the 10th day of the month in order for the application to be included on that month's commission meeting agenda unless the 10th day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, in which case all application requirements of Subsection (1)(a) must be filed on the next business day after the 10th of the month.

(b) An incomplete application will be returned to the applicant.

(c) A completed application filed after the deadline in Subsection (2)(a) will not be considered by the commission that month, but will be included on the agenda of the commission meeting the following month.

R81-4B-3. Bonds.

No part of any corporate or cash bond required by Section 32B-5-204 and 32B-6-504(4) may be withdrawn during the time the license is in effect.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.

R81-4B-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.

R81-4B-5. Airport Lounge Liquor Licensee Liquor Order and Return Procedures.

The following procedures shall be followed when an airport lounge 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.

R81-4B-6. Airport Lounge Liquor Licensee Operating Hours.

Liquor sales shall be in accordance with Section 32B-6-505(5). However, licensees may open the liquor storage area during hours otherwise prohibited for the limited purpose of inventory, restocking, repair, and cleaning.

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

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 32B-6-505(4), shall be commenced upon the patron's first purchase and shall be maintained by the airport lounge during the course of the patron's stay at the airport lounge regardless of where the patron orders and consumes an alcoholic beverage. Customers shall be notified of the price charged for any packaged wine or heavy beer and any service charges for the supply of glasses, chilling, or wine service.

R81-4B-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 airport lounge as approved by the department.

R81-4B-9. Alcoholic Product Flavoring.

Airport lounge 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 airport lounge 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 airport lounge employee under the age of 21 years may handle alcoholic product flavorings.

R81-4B-10. Price Lists.

(1) Each licensee shall have available for its patrons a printed price list containing current prices of all mixed drinks, wine, beer, and heavy beer. This list shall include any charges for the service of packaged wines or heavy beer.

(2) Any printed menu, master beverage price list or other printed list is sufficient as long as the prices are current and the list is readily available to the patron.

(3) A licensee or his employee may not misrepresent the price of any alcoholic beverage that is sold or offered for sale on the licensed premises.

R81-4B-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.


alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

April 30, 2013

Notice of Continuation

October 2, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

32-1-607; 32B-2-202; 32B-5; 32B-6-201 through 505

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R81, please contact the promulgating agency (Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.