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Spirits Retailer License

A new license type called a "spirits retail license" will be created. The following details are based on Initiative 1183; the WSLCB will post more information on this license type as it becomes available:

  • May begin the sale of spirits no earlier than June 1, 2012;
  • Allows the sale of spirits in original containers to consumers for off-premises consumption and permit holders;
  • Allows the sale of spirits in original containers to on-premises liquor licensees (restaurants, nightclubs, etc);
    • No single sale shall exceed 24 liters (about three cases) per person, per day;
  • Allows the export of spirits out of the state of WA;
  • The premises must be at least 10,000 square feet of retail space (current contract liquor stores or holders of a former state liquor store don’t need to have 10,000 square feet).  The board may issue a spirits retail license for a premises comprising less than 10,000 square feet if the board determines that:
    • There is no spirits retail license holder in the trade area the applicant serves or proposes to serve;
    • The applicant meets or upon licensure will meet operational requirements established by the board in rule; and
    • The licensee has not committed more than one public safety violation within the two years preceding application.
  • Allows delivery at its licensed premises or at a warehouse facility registered with the board. The licensee may deliver from the warehouse to:
    • its own licensed premises;
    • to other retailer premises licensed to sell spirits for on-premises consumption (restaurants);
  • Requires the licensee to pay to the board:
    • 17 percent of all spirits revenues;
    • An annual renewal fee of $166.
  • The maximum penalties prescribed by the board in WAC 314-29 relating to fines and suspensions are doubled for violations relating to the sale of spirits by spirits retail licensees.
  • The board must create a compliance training program to be known as a “responsible vendor program” for spirits retail licensees that addresses the following:
    • reduce underage drinking;
    • encourage licensees to adopt “best practices” to prevent sales to minors; and
    • provide licensees with an incentive to give their employees ongoing training in responsible alcohol sales and service.
  • Licensees who join the responsible vendor program and maintain all of the program’s requirements are not subject to the doubling of penalties for a single violation in any period of 12 months.
     

 

Wine retailer reseller endorsement
The following details are based on Initiative 1183. The WSLCB will post more information as it becomes available.

The holder of a grocery store liquor license may obtain a wine retailer reseller endorsement which:

  • Is effective December 8, 2011;
  • Allows the sale of wine at retail in original containers to other retailers licensed to sell wine for on-premises consumption (restaurants, taverns) for resale on their licensed premises;
    • No such single sale shall exceed 24 liters (about three cases) per person, per day;
  • Allows delivery at its licensed premises or at a warehouse facility registered with the board.  It may deliver to:
    • its own licensed premises;
    • to other retailer premises licensed to sell spirits for on-premises consumption; or
    • to consumers in and out of state.
  • The annual fee for this endorsement is $166.