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R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.
Rule R81-5. Bar Establishment Licenses.
As in effect on January 1, 2020
Table of Contents
- R81-5-1. Licensing.
- R81-5-2. Application.
- R81-5-3. Bonds.
- R81-5-4. Insurance.
- R81-5-6. Bar Establishment Licensee Liquor Order and Return Procedures.
- R81-5-7. Bar Establishment Licensee Operating Hours.
- R81-5-8. Sale and Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages.
- R81-5-9. Liquor Storage.
- R81-5-10. Alcoholic Product Flavoring.
- R81-5-11. Price Lists.
- R81-5-12. Identification Badge.
- R81-5-13. Brownbagging.
- R81-5-14. Membership Fees and Monthly Dues.
- R81-5-15. Minors in Lounge or Bar Areas.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
(1) Bar establishment 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.
(2) (a) At the time the commission grants a bar establishment license the commission must designate whether the bar establishment qualifies to operate as an equity, fraternal, bar based on criteria in 32B-6-404.
(b) After any bar establishment license is granted, a bar establishment may request that the commission approve a change in the bar establishment's classification in writing supported by evidence to establish that the bar establishment qualifies to operate under the new class designation based on the criteria in 32B-6-404.
(c) The department shall conduct an investigation for the purpose of gathering information and making a recommendation to the commission as to whether or not the request should be granted. The information shall be forwarded to the commission to aid in its determination.
(d) If the commission determines that the bar establishment has provided credible evidence to establish that it meets the statutory criteria to operate under the new class designation, the commission shall approve the request.
(3)(a) A converted full service restaurant licensee must operate as described in 32B-6-404.1, and must maintain at least the tiered percentages outlined in32B-6-404.1(4) of its total business from the sale of food, not including mix for alcoholic beverages, and service charges.
(b) A converted full service restaurant 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.
(c) If any inspection or audit discloses that the sales of food are less than the required percentage 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 the required percentage. 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.
(4) bar establishment licensees with a Fraternal classification as of July 1, 2013 may allow guests that are over 21 without a host as long as long as the practice is allowed in the bylaws of the Fraternal and the Fraternal maintains at least 60% of its total business from the sale of food pursuant to Section 32B-6-407(10)(c)(i-iii).
(a) The Fraternal shall notify the department of the intent to allow guests without a host by providing a copy of the bylaws.
(b) The Fraternal 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.
(c) If any inspection or audit discloses that the sales of food are less than 60% 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 60%. 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 if the Fraternal may continue to allow guests without a host.
(1) No license application will be included on the agenda of a monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of a bar establishment 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-6-405 (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 as the type of bar establishment license requested on the application, evidence of proximity to certain community locations, evidence that the applicant meets the requirements for the type of bar establishment license for which the person is applying, evidence that a variety of food is prepared and served in connection with dining accommodations, a bond, a floor plan, public liability and liquor liability insurance, and if an equity or fraternal a copy bylaws or house rules and any amendment to those records); and
(b) the department has inspected the bar establishment premises.
(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 day 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.
No part of any corporate or cash bond required by Section 32B-5-204 and 32B-6-405(5) 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 Subsections 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.
The following procedures shall be followed when a bar establishment 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.
Allowable hours of liquor sales shall be in accordance with Section 32B-6-406(4). However, the licensee may open the liquor storage area during hours otherwise prohibited for the limited purpose of inventory, restocking, repair, and cleaning.
(1) 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.
(2) Liquor dispensing shall be in accordance with Section 32B-5-304; and Sections R81-1-9 (Liquor Dispensing Systems) and R81-1-11 (Multiple Licensed Facility Storage and Service) of these rules.
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 club as approved by the department.
(1) Alcoholic product flavoring may be utilized in beverages only during the authorized selling hours under the bar establishment 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 bar establishment employee under the age of 21 years may handle alcoholic product flavorings.
(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 amounts charged by the licensee for the service of packaged liquor, wine or heavy beer. A copy shall be kept on the bar establishment premises and available at all times for examination by patrons of the bar establishment.
(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) Customers shall be notified of the price charged for any packaged liquor, wine or heavy beer and any service charges for the supply of glasses, chilling, or wine service.
(4) 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.
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.
When private events, as defined in 32B-1-102(77), are held on the premises of a licensed bar establishment, the proprietor may, in his or her discretion, allow members of the private group to bring onto the club premises, their own alcoholic beverages under the following circumstances:
(1) When the entire bar establishment is closed to regular patrons for the private event, or
(2) When an entire room or area within the bar establishment such as a private banquet room is closed to regular patrons for the private event, and members of the private group are restricted to that area, and are not allowed to co-mingle with regular patrons of the bar establishment.
(1) Authority. This rule is pursuant to the commission's powers and duties under 32B-2-202(1)(C)(i)general licensing procedures and 32B-6-405(2) for issuing an equity or fraternal bar establishment licenses.
(2) Purpose. This rule furthers the intent of 32B-6-407 that equity and fraternal clubs operate in a manner that preserves the concept that they are private and not open to the general public.
(3) Application of Rule.
(a) Each equity and fraternal club shall establish in its by-laws membership application fees and monthly membership dues in amounts determined by the club.
(b) An equity or fraternal club, its employees, agents, or members, or any person under a contract or agreement with the club, may not, as part of an advertising or promotional scheme, offer to pay or pay for membership application fees or membership dues in full or in part for a member of the general public.
(1) Pursuant to 32B-6-406(5), a minor may not be admitted into, use, or be on the premises of any lounge or bar area of an equity, or fraternal bar establishment. A minor may not be on the premises of a bar license except to the extent allowed under 32B-6-406.1, and may not be admitted into, use, or be on the premises of any lounge or bar area of a bar license.
(2) "Lounge or bar area" includes:
(a) the bar structure as defined in 32B-1-102(7);
(b) any area in the immediate vicinity of the bar structure where the sale, service, display, and advertising of alcoholic beverages is emphasized; or
(c) any area that is in the nature of or has the ambience or atmosphere of a bar, parlor, lounge, cabaret or night club.
(3) A minor who is otherwise permitted to be on the premises of an equity, or fraternal may momentarily pass through the lounge or bar area en route to those areas where the minor is permitted to be. However, no minor shall remain or be seated in the bar or lounge area.
December 24, 2018
May 2, 2016
32B-1-607; 32B-2-202; 32B-5; 32B-6-401 through 409
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.