Utah Administrative Code

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R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.

Rule R81-6. Special Use Permits.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R81-6-1. Application.

(1) No application will be included on the agenda of a monthly commission meeting for consideration for issuance of a special use permit until:

(a) The applicant has first met all requirements of Sections 32B-1-304 (qualifications to hold the permit), and 32B-10-202 and -205 (submission of a completed application, payment of application and permit fees if required for the type of permit being sought, statement of purpose for which the applicant applies for the permit, types of alcoholic product the person intends to use under the permit, written consent of local authority, a bond if required, and a floor plan if required; and

(b) the department has inspected the restaurant 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 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.

R81-6-2. Warning Sign.

All public service permittees which utilize a hospitality room shall display in a prominent place therein a "warning sign" as defined in R81-1-2.

R81-6-3. Direct Delivery.

Industrial, manufacturing, scientific, educational, and health care special use permittees may purchase alcohol directly from the manufacturer and have it shipped directly to the permittee's address, provided the alcohol is used for industrial, manufacturing, scientific, educational, or health care purposes.

R81-6-4. Public Service Permittee Operating Guidelines.

(1) A public service permittee that operates on an interstate basis may purchase liquor outside of the state and bring it into the state and/or purchase liquor within the state and sell, store and serve it to passengers traveling on the permittee's public conveyance for consumption while en route on the conveyance. However, all liquor utilized within a public service permittee's hospitality room must be purchased from a state liquor store or package agency within this state.

(2) All liquor transported from outside the state to the permittee's storage facility shall be carried in sealed conveyances which may be inspected at any time by the department.

(3) A public service permittee shall keep available and open for audit during regular business hours, complete and accurate records of alcoholic product shipments to and from their storage facility. Records shall be kept for a minimum of three years.

(4) A public service permittee shall allow the department, through its auditors or examiners, to audit all records relating to the storage, sale, consumption and transportation of alcoholic products by the permittee.

R81-6-5. Educational Wine Judging Seminars.

(1) Definition of Applicant. An applicant is any person or organization who is applying for an educational wine judging seminar permit, whose purpose is to inform and educate about the qualities and characteristics of wines.

(2) Application. The applicant must meet the requirements and qualifications for a scientific or educational special use permit found in Sections 32B-1-304 and 32B-10-202, -503. In addition, the applicant must submit to the department a detailed proposal of the seminar which must include the qualifications of the judges, the number of wines being submitted by the wineries, and the location of the seminar. Additional information may be requested by the commission or department to properly evaluate the application.

(3) The applicant must post a cash or corporate surety bond in the penal sum of $1,000 payable to the department, which the permittee has procured and must maintain for as long as the permittee continues to operate as a special use permittee. The bond shall be in a form approved by the attorney general, conditioned upon the permittee's faithful compliance with the Act and the rules of the commission. If the surety bond is canceled due to the permittee's negligence, a $300 reinstatement fee may be assessed. No part of any cash bond so posted may be withdrawn during the period the permit is in effect. A bond filed by a permittee may be forfeited if the permit is finally revoked.

(4) The application for the educational wine judging seminar permit must be completed and submitted 90 days prior to the seminar date.

(5) Restrictions. Any person granted an educational wine judging seminar permit must meet the following requirements and restrictions:

(a) The techniques used in judging the wines must meet internationally accepted techniques of sensory or laboratory evaluation, and the wines used may not be consumed.

(b) All unopened bottles must be returned to the department and any wine product residual in open bottles must be destroyed by the permittee.

(c) The educational wine judging seminar permit has an automatic expiration date of three days following the scheduled ending date of the seminar.

(d) The permittee must comply with R81-1-17 regarding advertising of the seminar.

(6) Procedures for Handling the Seminar.

(a) The permittee must order all wines used in the seminar from the department. The department will order the wines from the wineries designating on the order that they are for a wine judging seminar. The permittee must make prior arrangements with the wineries to have the wines sent to the department at no charge and freight prepaid.

(b) The wines will be entered into the department accounting system at no cost and will be given a special department number, designating the wines as those to be used with an educational wine judging seminar permit and not to be consumed.

(c) The wines will be delivered to the permittee from the department. After the seminar, the permittee will return all unopened bottles of wine to the department and the permittee will destroy any other residual wine products left. The permittee will pay to the department a fee of two dollars for every bottle of wine used in the judging seminar.

(d) All wines returned to the department become the property of the state and will be destroyed under controlled conditions or will be given a new department number and sold in the state's retail outlets, which profits will be property of the state.

R81-6-6. Religious Wine Permits.

(1) Purpose. This rule outlines the procedures for a religious wine permit holder to purchase wine for religious purposes, and the procedures department personnel shall follow to process the purchase.

(2) Application of Rule.

(a) The permit holder may purchase any generally listed wine directly off of the shelf of any state store or package agency at a charge of cost plus freight. The cashier shall first verify that the purchasing religious organization is a holder of a permit on file in the department's licensee/permittee data base. The cashier shall determine the cost plus freight price of the wine. The wine may be purchased only with cash or a check belonging to the religious organization, and not with an individual's personal check or credit card. Checks shall be deposited in the ordinary course of business with other checks.

(b) The permit holder may order wine for religious purposes directly from the winery and have the winery ship the wine prepaid at a charge of cost plus freight to the department's central administrative warehouse. The warehouse shall deliver the wine to the state store or package agency nearest to the permit holder's church. The state store or package agency shall notify the permit holder when the product is available for pick-up.

(c) The permit holder may place a special order for wines not generally listed by the department only if the winery will not sell directly to the permit holder. Special orders may be placed only with the special order clerk at the department's administrative office. No special orders may be placed with a state store or package agency. The special order clerk shall verify that the purchasing religious organization is on file in the department's licensee/permittee data base, place the order, assign it a special order code number, assess a charge of cost plus freight, and have the wine delivered to the state store or package agency nearest to the permit holder's church. The state store or package agency shall notify the permit holder when the product is available for pick-up. All procedures for processing the purchase that are outlined in (a) above shall be followed by the state store or package agency to complete the sale.


alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

May 22, 2012

Notice of Continuation

May 2, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


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.