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R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.

Rule R81-4D. On-Premise Banquet License.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R81-4D-1. Licensing.

(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 32B-6-601 to -604. 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 sublicensee.

(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 or until October 31, 2011 the facility is a "grandfathered facility" under 32B-6-603(4); 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 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.

R81-4D-2. Application.

(1) No license application will be included on the agenda of a monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of an on-premise banquet 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-6-604 (submission of a completed application, payment of application and licensing fees, written consent of local authority, copy of current local business license(s) necessary for operation of an on-premise banquet catering license, evidence of proximity to certain community locations, a bond, a floor plan, and public liability and liquor liability insurance); and

(b) the department has inspected the on-premise banquet premise.

(2) 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.

(3)(a) All application requirements of Subsection (1)(a) and (2) 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 day of the month.

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

(c) A completed application filed after the deadline in Subsection (3)(a) will not be considered by the commission that month, but will be included on the agenda of the commission meeting the following month.

(4) Pursuant to 32B-6-604(6)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 must:

(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 32B-5-301 to -308 and 32B-6-605.

R81-4D-3. Bonds.

No part of any corporate or cash bond required by Section 32B-5-204 and 32B-6-604(5)(d), 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.

R81-4D-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.

R81-4D-5. On-Premise Banquet Licensee Liquor Order and Return Procedures.

The following procedures shall be followed when an on-premise banquet 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.

R81-4D-6. On-Premise Banquet Licensee Operating Hours.

Allowable hours of alcoholic beverage sales shall be in accordance with Section 32B-6-605(8). 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.

(1) The on-premise banquet licensee shall maintain at least 50% of its total business from the sale of food pursuant to Section 32B-6-605(9).

(a) The on-premise banquet licensee 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 50% for any quarterly period, 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 50%. Failure of the licensee to provide satisfactory proof of the required food 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.

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

R81-4D-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 on-premise banquet licensee as approved by the department.

R81-4D-9. Alcoholic Product Flavoring.

On-premise banquet 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 on-premise banquet 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 on-premise banquet licensee employee under the age of 21 years may handle alcoholic product flavorings.

R81-4D-11. Menus; Price Lists.

(1) An on-premise banquet licensee shall have readily available for any host of a contracted banquet a printed alcoholic beverage price list, or menu containing 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 it meets the requirements of this rule.

(3) Any host of a contracted banquet 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.

(4) The on-premise banquet licensee or an employee of the licensee may not misrepresent the price of any alcoholic beverage that is sold or offered for sale on the licensed premises.

R81-4D-12. 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.

R81-4D-13. On-Premise Banquet License Room Service - Mini-Bottle/187 ml Wine Sales.

(1) Purpose. Pursuant to 32B-2-303, 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 as one form of 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 public.

(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 one form of 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 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-6-605(3).

(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 32B-8 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 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 32B-3-201 to -207, and R81-1-6 and -7.

KEY

alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

April 30, 2013

Notice of Continuation

July 3, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

32-1-607; 32B-2-202; 32B-5; 32B-6-601 through 605


Additional Information

Contact

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.